ACA costing jobs
The United States of America was founded upon principles of hard work. The land of bountiful opportunity, where one’s efforts and labor could bring one’s dreams to life. Today, there is a different story being written. Today, loyal employees who dedicate their lives to companies are being laid off and there are people who simply can’t get enough work to take care of their family.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took a survey on how small businesses are reacting to Obamacare, and these are their results:
- 27% will cut hours of full-time workers
- 24% will reduce hiring
- 23% are going to replace full-time jobs with part-time work
- 61% of small businesses don’t have plans to hire at all this year
Heck, even the unions are starting to see some of the errors of their initial, prolific support of the Affordable Care Act.
Under The Affordable Care Act, companies that employee more than 50 persons must abide by these mandates – or else pay a fine of $2,000 per employee. Some companies, like Wendy’s in Omaha, Nebraska, will only schedule employees to work under 30 hours per week, and others, like Olive Garden and Red Lobster, have completely removed full-time work schedules across the country. In a recent survey, 51% of employers who aren’t providing insurance to employees working 30 or more hours a week said they would change their employment structure to avoid paying for more health benefits. These are just more examples of the unintended consequences of The Affordable Care Act, and neither unions nor businesses want workers to be negatively affected.
Unions and business-owners clash with each other on topics ranging from the purpose of life to dogs v. cats; it’s a weird (but telling) day when they come together on a policy like The Affordable Care Act. Even those who originally supported Obamacare, and worked to have it brought into law, have seen the destructive truth – unemployment, cut hours, and less healthcare.
Recently in California, Anthem Blue Cross, California’s largest insurer for small employers, has decided to abandon The Affordable Care Act. In 2009, Obama told Anthem “If you’ve got the doctor you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.” This deal can’t be too good to be true, right? Well, the Department of Health and Human Services has since added one tiny part: “When comparing plans in the Marketplace, you will see a link to a list of providers in each plan’s network. If staying with your current doctors is important to you, check to see if they are included before choosing a plan.” In other words, one can stick with their preferred doctor, as long as the doctor is chosen by HHS. Freedom at its finest…
In the interest of families and individuals here in Arkansas and across the nation being afforded the same opportunities for everyone (which is only fair) let’s work on policies that create jobs, take care of dedicated employees, and allow entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams – free of harmful restrictions. Let’s wake up tomorrow and still have an America we can continue to be proud of.