Businesses Cutting Worker Hours, Freezing Hiring to Avoid ObamaCare Penalties

Sure Sandra Fluke with get her billion dollar birth control covered because, for the foreseeable future, she’s a Democratic Party activist. But people who aren’t Democratic Party activists, male and female, are losing hours and jobs as businesses try to cope with the economic tsunami known as ObamaCare.

 The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 — meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year.

About a quarter of businesses surveyed by consulting firm Mercer don’t offer health coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Half of them plan to make changes so fewer employees work that many hours.

Problem solved then.  The workers won’t qualify for health insurance through their employer. They will however be mandated to buy health insurance, at inflated prices, because it must cover every single damn thing, including Fluke’s infinite abortions, so not only will they lose income in a bad economy, they will be hit with a whopping health insurance penalty either by being forced to buy insurance or by being penalized for not buying it.

And it’s another success story from Barack and Biden, Champions of the Working Class.

Oh and they’re the lucky ones. The unlucky ones aren’t getting hired at all.

The health care law will particularly affect companies with 40 to 45 workers that plan to expand and hire. Many are holding off so they don’t cross the 50-employee threshold, says Christine Ippolito, principal at Compass Workforce Solutions, a human resource consulting firm in Melville, N.Y.

Others already over the 50-employee threshold plan to add more part-time workers or cut the hours of full-timers, says Rob Wilson, head of Employco, a human resource outsourcing firm. Many, he says, will hire more temporary workers, whom they won’t have to cover.

Nearly half of retailers, restaurants and hotels will be affected by the law, according to Mercer. They employ large numbers of part-time and seasonal employees, including many who work about 30 hours a week.

A sizable number of restaurant workers are minorities, many are young, and have few job prospects. ObamaCare will deliver a two part punch, making it harder for them to earn a living without going on public assistance.

And it’s another job well done by the job creation engine of Obama Inc.

  • Thomas Wells

    This is Obama's penalty tax against people who want to work.

  • Clare

    The Watch Me and My Enablers Wreck America President.
    The Let's Stick It To 'Em President.
    The Get On Board To Destroy America Community Organizer President.
    The Hoax 'n Fraud President, or is that the Hoagies 'n Fries President. Well, hey, what difference can there be?
    The Trillions President.
    …and so on.

  • AdinaK

    When the goal is not to assist, but to deconstruct, the result is predictable. And since the leadership knows that many businesses can't afford to implement Obamacare, they also understand that jobs will be lost. So by pretending to care about the masses and their access to health, they have done way more harm than good, leaving many unemployed!

    This is what happens when radical revolutionaries are at the helm –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • Andre

    What is this? This report says that business owners are so greedy to keep thier high profits they will do anything to avoid actually caring for their employees, and the article tries to make it Obama's fault?

    • Spikey1

      Business will do what is needed to in the following order:

      1. Stay alive
      2. Keep their customers happy and coming back for more


      Yes, they should go out business because they owe you a living.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Are you a reject from Occupy Wall street? Or do you have sawdust between your ears?

    • Lanie

      You seem to think businesses exist to provide employment and benefits to people when business exists to make a profit by providing goods and services to people. No profit, no business. No business, no employment.

      • James Cook

        Who says businesses MUST make a profit, they don't, they can break even and still provide good incomes to owners and employees, they may not grow larger via reinvested profits, but they will still remain in buusiness, therefore your assumption that businesses MUST make a profit or go out of business is totally wrong.

        I am a business owner with employees.

  • Robert

    Andre – you must not be a business owner. And out lawmakers have never had to meet a payroll. Most business owners do not make high profits. They just try to make ends meet. And when they will be penalized many thousands of dollars per month, many of their businesses will fail. Their only option is to raise prices, have less workers (making it a rougher work environment), and have less full time employees. So the middle class suffers as consumers and employees. This is exactly what Washington was told would happen, but the warnings rang on deaf ears. Our company offers insurance to every full time employees and covers, but only a very few want it because they are young and generally healthy. It would have been much cheaper for Washington to cut a check to everyone who wants insurance but can't get it than it was to turn the whole system upside down.

  • Badwrench

    I think the key to BO's plan can be found in the next to last paragraph..Make the cost of insurance so high that younger people will be forced on to public assistence, (welfare) thereby assuring themselves(democratic party) of a steady supply of voters who will always vote for the man writing the checks…The only chink in the armor that I can see is, as a country we (the U.S.) is already in debt to the tune of $16 trillion..and probably will be over 20 trillion by 2016…We are rapidly approaching the economic tipping point,only when the U.S. economy collapses from it's own debt, will the socalist's grand scheme be finally exposed.And, then will those of us who give a damn about this country,will have to go out and try to pick up the pieces of what was the greatest country on the planet…

  • Arlie

    What will happen is that everyone will end up working 2 part time jobs. Most business will not be able to afford full-time employees. Then, of course, the single payer H/C system under government control and medicare will get dumped into the same system. That's how they structured it to happen. Then all the doctors and nurses and hospital will be union employees and the government will implement their whole-lives-system, which is eugenics. The very wealthy will have their own doctors. Everyone else, good luck. Everyone will be on drugs and put on wait lists while the bureaucrats figure out if you're worth it to live or die. The will know everything about you right down to your DNA. You'll also get your REAL ID card so they know everywhere you go.

  • FPF

    And government jobs will be the perfect jobs to look after since either they will be exempted or most likely the tax payers will fund the whole bill for them.

  • NoMandate

    So goes the unintended consequences (sometime I think intended consequences) of legislation. There is although one last hope to end not just the Obamacare assault on the health care industry, but also to end the ominous and definite effects the Roberts' decision will have on future generations as government and corporations combine to force American citizens to do just about anything by way of the taxation.

    It is called the Mandate Amendment to the US Constitution. It is short, simple, and common sense:

    “Congress shall make no law mandating the purchase of a product or service from a private company”

    This is a bold and courageous effort to strike at the heart of this precedent now while much of our country is appalled by the decision and the infrastructure and dependence upon the law is not sewn into the fabric of our country. If we build a coalition now, we will be poised to have candidates pledge support as they run against incumbents next midterm election. We believe in the next election the Democrats will be out of excuses for a failing economy and the country will be well positioned for candidates that favor American principles and therefore this Amendment.

    We have been successful in opening up coalitions in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and California in the very short amount of time we have been in existence. We have also earned the unanimous endorsement of the Massachusetts Libertarian Association. Our Coalition knows the only way to truly address the threat Obamacare poses is to strike at the heart of this dangerous precedent now, while much of our country is appalled by the decision and while the infrastructure of and dependence upon this law has not yet been sewn into the fabric of our country.

  • guess

    companies that cut hours and employees should be penalized big time……….other countries have health insurance for their people………why not us………..because the wealthy are greedy and want more in their pockets. not Obama who is hurting the people. the wealthy who wants it all for their pleasures.

  • hope for the future

    Insurance company will also fold so they don't paid high health care…… we have lots of sick people in our country needs healthcare but if you do the math let's say 2 people with early birth at 6 months whitch the bill was 250, 000 times 2 = 500, 000 dollars how many people you have to get cover that expenses let's 350 per month times 1000 consumer = 350, 000 per month just for 2 people early birth and now with cancer it higher you get the picture but I understand they need health care too

  • richardblank

    OBAMACARE enhances outsourcing. Enacted in July 2010, The U.S. healthcare reform (“ObamaCare” or the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) is intended to pressure large and small employers through force and taxation. The result will show companies deciding to send customer support, sales, lead generation and appointment setting jobs offshore or risk going out of business. U.S companies can take advantage of a dedicated bilingual employee who is 100% committed to their project. ESL nearshore employees in Costa Rica are just as or more effective than transitional in-house employees. In addition, giving the business the freedom to scale up their offshore staff strength without getting caught in the Obamacare challenge in 2014.