ObamaCare Mandate To Cut Worker Hours, Leaving The Poor Worse Off

NRD Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

ObamaCareBy Howard Rich — In Barack Obama’s first term the U.S. labor force shrank to a 30-year low. Job growth lagged behind population growth as millions gave up their search for gainful employment. Income levels receded, productivity sputtered and deficits soared — all in the name of “recovery.”

So what does Obama have planned for an encore? How does he intend to further “stimulate” the economy during his second term?

In his victory speech, Obama pledged he would continue pursuing “the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

That’s a truly frightening thought. In fact if left unchecked, Obama’s “bold, persistent experimentation” could very well wind up making this crisis every bit as bad as that one.

For example, atop Obama’s second term “to do” list is the full implementation of his signature first term accomplishment: ObamaCare.

Having secured another four years in the White House, Obama can now block any effort to overturn his socialized medicine law — although states can (thankfully) still stop much of its new spending if they reject ObamaCare’s “exchanges” and refuse its Medicaid enrollment expansions. For the sake of our future deficits, let’s hope they do so en masse.

One provision of ObamaCare that can no longer be stopped, however, is its “employer mandate.” While nowhere near as infamous as the “individual mandate” compelling citizen participation in the health insurance market, ObamaCare’s requirement that companies provide coverage to all employees working more than 30 hours a week will be a job killer nonetheless.

Not only will this mandate prevent job growth among small businesses, it will also result in fewer hours and less income for workers at larger companies. These are people struggling to make ends meet on limited income — people who cannot afford to lose these hours.

Last month Darden Restaurants — which employs 185,000 people at nearly 2,000 Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster restaurants — revealed that it was scaling back many of its employees’ workweeks to 28 hours. Ordinarily such a move would result in high turnover and an influx of less-competent employees — but not in Obama’s economy.

This month Kroger — the grocer that employs 350,000 people — announced that existing part-time workers and new hires would be limited to working 28 hours per week.

“Kroger is doing this to avoid paying for full-time health care for employees who currently only receive part-time benefits,” one employee explains. “And (so) they will not get hit with the $3,000 penalty.”

Darden and Kroger won’t be the only employers limiting hours in anticipation of ObamaCare’s crippling new levies. Millions across the country are likely to be affected by the mandate — and the vast majority of these will be lower middle class people who desperately need that extra income to make ends meet.

In other words ObamaCare’s “employer mandate” will wind up hurting the very people Obama claims to be fighting for — reducing their take-home pay at a time when loose monetary policy is already whittling away at the value of every dollar they earn.

The impact of all this lost income on our consumer economy — and on our soaring taxpayer tab — isn’t hard to predict. When people make less money, they spend less money — slowing economic activity. They also become more dependent on government handouts — further inflating a welfare tab that exceeded $1 trillion during the last fiscal year.

What can be done to stop these terrible outcomes? That’s what’s so depressing: Absolutely nothing — at least not over the course of the next four years. In fact, this is just the beginning of the “bold, persistent experimentation” that Americans are going to see from Obama during his second term. Just ask him.

Howard Rich is the Chairman of Americans for Limited Government.

This article has 42 comments
  • Linda 15.11.2012 10:24 AM

    And so it starts! I can’t even feel sorry for those who were so duped. The damage that will occur over the next four years will destroy this country, you fools!

  • Plznnn 15.11.2012 10:36 AM

    You are exactly right, the dummies that were gullible AGAIN after seeing with their own eyes how bad Obama’s policies are for ALL of us, will now be crying, but their stupidity screwed us as well. I don’t feel one bit sorry for those that voted for this crap once again.

  • Roger the Great 15.11.2012 10:55 AM

    All they see is free stuff and then they smoke some more pot and not worry about anything because there daddy obama will take care of them

  • Russell Fowler 15.11.2012 11:36 AM

    Some small business will close cause no one will be able to buy with fewer dollars.

  • fu 15.11.2012 12:13 PM

    Yes, just what we need is a crisis. Nothing better to create a good and lasting crisis than having a nigger in the whitehouse. if you dont like the word, it is a term of great disrespect that conveys my feelings for BO, his administration, and all you stinking democrats. Oh, and BO is doing such a good job and has a plan to transform us into a dictatorship. free shit to lazy asses. extortion from the working class. america is a camelot, lost forever to thieves and traitors.

  • SML 15.11.2012 12:15 PM

    How utterly misleading. The Obamacare is not mandating worker hours to be cut. It’s mandating health coverage. Rich business owners are upset that they have to take care of their employees, so the rich business owners are lashing out. The misinformation on the right is unbelievable. I wish more of you would stop listening to the conservative morons such as Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and their cohorts.

  • Phillip_in_TX 15.11.2012 12:21 PM

    I just finished this. I hope you like it. Please feel free to pass it on.

    To the tune of Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett, 1977:

    Nibblin on free stuff
    Working is too tough
    All the moochers with their hands out
    Strummin my six-string
    On my front porch swing
    Smell all the protestors and the crap they spout

    Chorus:
    Wastin away again in Obamaville
    Searching for my lost bucket of slop
    Some people claim that there’s a conservative to blame
    But I know it’s Bush’s fault

    I don’t know the reason
    I stayed here all season
    Nothing to show but these food stamps
    But they are a real beauty
    An American duty
    How I qualified I haven’t a clue

    Chorus:
    Wastin away again in Obamaville
    Searchin for my lost bucket of slop
    Some people claim that there’s a conservative to blame
    Now I think
    Hell, it could be my fault

    I blew out my flip-flop
    Stepped on a pop-top
    Cut my heel had to cruise on back home
    But there’s no worries
    Doc will stitch it in a hurry
    Obamacare really helps me keep hanging on

    Wastin away again in Obamaville
    Searching for my lost bucket of slop
    Some people claim that there’s a conservative
    to blame
    But I know it’s my own damn fault
    Yes and some people claim that there’s a conservative to blame
    And I know it’s my own damn fault

  • Phillip_in_TX 15.11.2012 12:22 PM

    And, we wish more people would not be suffering from “Cranial Rectal Inversion.”

  • suzy2 15.11.2012 12:47 PM

    Due to all the massive voter fraud now prooven, why doesn’t congress demand a re-count? Obama would NOT win the election.. They can do this before inauguration

  • Ike Isaacson 15.11.2012 12:47 PM

    What is wrong with a company trying to make profits. The government does not make anything, they only take. If they wanted to give everyone health care they would have provided everyone the same health care as there government workers and themselves,get. They did not need this massive healthcare bill. All they had to do is open up the civil service health care to everyone but they know it cost money and they are broke..

  • BlueViolets 15.11.2012 12:48 PM

    Apparently you haven’t heard of obama’s latest edict. Full time is no longer 40 hours a week but 30 hours a week. Some companies are already cutting back on workers’ hours so as not to be forced to pay for health coverage. I’m sure those employees are thrilled to have less pay and government health coverage.

  • ICanReadandThink 15.11.2012 12:49 PM

    And is ANYONE surprise?

  • suzy2 15.11.2012 12:58 PM

    You are wrong…Not only do they (the employer) have to pay the higher price of health care, but with Obama in office they now have to pay another 30% for each employee. So, If one employee made say $40,000 in one year, the employer has to pay $12,000 for that employee, plus medical insurance. And the employer will pay this for every employee., 2 employees $24,000 and so one. That is a lot of money for each employee. It will put employers out of business or they will lessen their employees. Obama is trying to rip off the wealthy making them more toward the poor which is how he wants most people. This is so the population will depend on the government. OBAMA NEEDS TO GO. We can not afford another 4 years of the enemy. Look at what the idiot has done so far. Everything is higher, food , gas, cost of everyday living. Stupid Obama supporters will feel the impact eventually. Your so called government assistence will be much less and you will have less food stanps. You think you are poor now, just wait and see. You will be crying the blues.

  • jude 15.11.2012 1:12 PM

    I don’t blame small businesses for reducing hours. They spent lots of their own money beginning their business and risking great financial losses. Why should a dope like Obama come in a screw them over. There is a job for everyone if you want to work!!! So if you are not working get off your dump and go look for a job. I am sick and tired of supporting you lazy folks. No one supported me I built it on my own!!!!

  • jude 15.11.2012 1:19 PM

    It’s the lazy folks who make it hard for everyone else especially the families with children and low incomes who are working and not looking for free handouts. These workers are NOT what Romney referred to as the 47%. But these are the ones that should receive gov’t help if anyone should. There should be a law…Work Up or Shut Up! before being entitled to gov’t assistance. IT SHOULDN’T BE FREE FOR THE HABITUAL LIARS THIEVING THE SYSTEM AND NO ONE CHECKS TO SEE IF THEY ARE LEGIT!

  • jude 15.11.2012 1:32 PM

    SML
    For your information, only the smart people understand what Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck are speaking about. None of them are for the DEVIL! Giving comes from the cheerful heart and MANDATING DOESN’T. MANDATING IS ACTUALLY STEALING PETER TO PAY PAUL. GET IT????? If you don’t you’re one who isn’t smart enough to understand. Obama forces giving and he knows nothing about God’s teachings of giving with a cheerful heart so that is exactly why our country is in more disarray with his “MISGUIDED-LEADERSHIP, BLAMING OTHERS, AND DICTATORSHIP ABILITIES. Sounds like a real good guy, right?

  • ssilv48 15.11.2012 2:04 PM

    Well when you say absolutely nothing can be done,,,,,,,,it is as simple as vetting mr oboma. There is no way shape or form that he is a United States Citizen. Get to the pass port he used to go to Pakistan and it’s game over. Get to his school records where it show’s mr oboma coming to America as a foreign student on foreign aid,,,,,,there again…………GAME OVER. THIS IS NOT HARD TO DO,,,,,WHY WILL NO ONE DO THEIR JOB.

  • ssilv48 15.11.2012 2:10 PM

    fu, your right, but until the naacp had the verbage changed to: it’s a dark skinned person,,,,,,,,in the early Websters dictionary it was a low life. No color to the word nig, just a low life. And that mr oboma is. he has lied every step of the way. I just don’t understand why he does not go live in china instead of trying to make the US a communist nation…..so obummer, not happening.

  • ssilv48 15.11.2012 2:13 PM

    SML, it is designed to destroy America…obummer know’s this. Nothing is for free, the government has to take from the taxpayers to give it too someone else.

  • ssilv48 15.11.2012 2:16 PM

    suzy2, your right, and it is the end user that ends up paying for it, which will in actuality will stop people from buying. All I can say is people, call your congressmen and women to open the records of mr oboma’s school records and his pass port……..GAME CHANGER WHEN THE TRUTH COMES OUT.

  • Jerry Reames 15.11.2012 2:22 PM

    whats worse he wants a third term

  • Terrence Daniels 15.11.2012 2:23 PM

    I have to repeat this, those so-called Christians (and there were many blacks) who voted for Obama the-Kenyan-born-Muslim, spit in the face of Jesus and “sold their soul to the devil” just to see their “black messiah” get re-elected.

    They will suffer more than the rest… immeasurably more! Just be patient, your punishment is coming!

  • Terrence Daniels 15.11.2012 2:29 PM

    He just may go live in China after he finishes destroying this nation. That’s where the jobs are at anyway!

  • Michaellaborde 15.11.2012 5:04 PM

    Obamacare surges to destroy, not disease, nor create a healing of the masses; along with jobs and wealth, never the less Obama surges by crookery.

  • Robert W Velon 15.11.2012 5:20 PM

    Obama is not only a low life he is a no class low life……I feel sorry for those feeling the pain of another four years with this inept Baboon… Sorrow can only go so far and all I can add is you got what you voted for now just go rot in your nest…..

  • Ruby Franks 15.11.2012 9:23 PM

    It is going to get worst before it gets better. wait and see

  • Cnd 15.11.2012 10:37 PM

    Remember in 2008 Hope and Change. Now we are the Dope in Chains

  • Rachel 15.11.2012 11:14 PM

    They voted for him…so they’ll get what they paid for. And they will KEEP on paying. I don’t feel sorry for them one bit.

  • Rachel 15.11.2012 11:15 PM

    Except that he won ‘t help them. Now that he got their vote..he’ll leave them out to dry, just as we knew he would. They’re on their own.

  • Rachel 15.11.2012 11:17 PM

    But hey…they got their free Obamaphone! And are safe in the knowlege that they can continue murdering babies for their own convenience. So it’s all good…right?

  • chetohimler 15.11.2012 11:36 PM

    I wanted to forward this article to my friends and relatives who voted for the democratic party, but then I thought…eh..”pro-create them”.

  • chetohimler 15.11.2012 11:37 PM

    I wanted to forward this article to my friends and relatives that voted for the democratic party, but then I thought…..eh, “pro-create them”.

  • secession minded 16.11.2012 9:36 AM

    I think these businesses should have to post if they voted for Obama so I can support the ones who did not. I am no going to any more mexican restaurants because it is very likely the owner voted for obama.

  • wtram46 16.11.2012 11:01 PM

    I wonder if the retards will get their phones before starving to death??? Obama is lower than snakke sh-t in a wagon rut!! And Michelle is as ugly as farting in church!!!

  • Annie 17.11.2012 9:52 AM

    We will have to love our neighbor even more over the next four years. Businesses are preparing for self preservation. I hope we can all agree that these new twists are turns are retarding our growth as a Nation and overcome..

  • Libertyordeath 27.11.2012 11:51 PM

    Bold, persistent experimentation like FDR’s twenty-four some gov’t agencies that extended the Depression into WWII when in 1944 the economy began a normal cyclical turnaround. He tried to stack the U.S. Supreme Court as this guy will.

  • Steve 28.11.2012 12:07 AM

    Where were JW’s when the American people needed your vote for morality? You say you care and love others in need. I won’t listen to another self serving sermon and don’t come to my door!

  • Libertyordeath 28.11.2012 12:15 AM

    What is “rich”?

  • Ardi 05.12.2012 4:02 PM

    Obama is an anticolonialist, as was his whole family. His mission is to destroy the country he was taught to hate – the USA. His father’s Kenya was but one of the 3rd world countries that Obama saw as terribly used by the European/USA Empire. This “empire” systematically sucked the resources from those 3rd world countries, and used these resources for the “empire’s” benefit. Obama WILL bring down the US by ruining our economy – with ObamaCare his biggest tool. This will bring ALL US citizens to the level of 3rd world citizens. And when the low-life, brainwashed, dummies that voted for him object, Obama will blame the rich capitalists, the bobble-heads will agree, and follow him into communism – under UN control. But POWER belongs to GOD. This is an eyeblink in our eternal life. Even the great Obama will have to pay for turning his back on God. Pray – and RESIST evil.

  • Boone 13.12.2012 9:32 PM

    Hey them poor ass people voted him back into office so let them sufffer sorry sob’s.I don’t fill sorry for them.They get their free f,en cell phone that we have to pay fo rso f;em.

  • Richard Blank 08.05.2013 5:56 PM

    OBAMACARE should increase outsourcing in Central America. Enacted in July 2010, The U.S. healthcare reform (“Obama Care” or the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) is intended to pressure large and small employers through force and taxation. The end result will show North American companies deciding to send customer support, sales, lead generation and appointment setting jobs offshore to stay competitive or risk going out of business. Many business owners will hire a dedicated bilingual employee nearshore who is 100% committed to their project. ESL call center employees in Costa Rica are just as or more effective than transitional in-house staff for half of the cost. Finally, giving small to medium sized companies the freedom to scale up their BPO staff without getting caught in the Obamacare challenge in 2014.

    http://www.obamacareoutsourcing.com/

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