Care About Employment in America? Help Stop Obamacare
Members of Congress are now back in their districts for the traditional August recess meaning it’s calmer here in Washington, but don’t let that fool you. The fight to end Obamacare continues and Americans across the country have to keep up the momentum.
As part of that effort, it’s important to highlight how bad Obamacare has been for jobs. The Washington Examiner notes:
Ever since President Obama’s health care program was signed into law, there have been anecdotal reports of business executives pledging to shift more workers to part-time to get around the law’s mandate that larger employers provide full-time workers acceptable insurance coverage, or face costly taxes.
But now, there is empirical evidence that there has been a broader shift to increased part-time work in the U.S. economy.
They cite the following:
Jed Graham of Investor’s Business Daily, who reviewed the latest findings from the Current Population Survey, a joint report from the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, concluded:
Even as the number of people working has grown by 2.2 million, or 1.6%, over the past year, the number clocking 30 to 34 hours a week has shrunk.
In the second quarter, the number of workers putting in 30 to 34 hours at their primary job fell by a monthly average of 146,500, or 1.4%, from a year earlier.
By comparison, the number working 25-29 hours per week in their primary job rose by 119,000, or 2.7%.
This oddity has an obvious explanation: ObamaCare’s employer mandate applies only to full-time workers, which the law defines as 30 hours per week.
The issue of jobs alone should be enough fodder to keep up the intensity in the fight against Obamacare. Sadly, that’s just one of many reasons to dislike Obamacare.
But being angry about it isn’t good enough.
That’s why Heritage Action is going on the road. Our “Defund Obamacare Town Hall Tour” will bolster support for conservatives in Congress who oppose Obamacare and to set a fire under the feet of those who aren’t willing to take the step to defund the law.
Americans who care about job creation and work hours in this country have a great outlet to take action.