Obamacare in action: 301 employers cut employee hours and/or jobs

Investors Business Daily reports on the job creator response to Obamacare mandates.


More than 300 employers have cut work hours or jobs, or otherwise shifted away from full-time staff, to limit liability under ObamaCare, according to a newly updated IBD analysis.

The ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs now includes 62 private employers and 239 public-sector employers. The list includes 80 school districts that have cited Affordable Care Act costs as a reason for cutting work hours — or in several cases outsourcing functions — of part-time instructional aides, cafeteria workers, custodians and bus drivers.

It also includes 46 universities and colleges — in some cases college systems — that have reduced teaching loads for adjunct faculty.

The 43 entries added to the list in the past two weeks reflect numerous actions taken before the Obama administration announced a one-year delay ofObamaCare employer mandate penalties on July 2. But the list also includes actions taken more recently, such as SeaWorld Entertainment’s decision to limit part-time workers to 28 hours per week, down from 32 hours previously.

Although the mandate won’t take effect until January 2015, fines will be based on employment levels beginning in the second half of 2014 — or earlier.

[…]In addition to SeaWorld (SEAS), 10 other private employers just added to the list include a group home for disabled adults; a YMCA; two private universities; the K-VA-T Food Stores regional supermarket; the Bealls regional department store ; and four restaurant operations.

[…]Workers in low-wage industries clocked the shortest average workweek on record in July, just 27.4 hours, an IBD analysis of the latest available Bureau of Labor Statistics industry data shows.

This low-wage segment covers 29 million private-sector workers, 25% of the total, in about 40 industry groups where nonsupervisors make up to about $14.50 an hour.

While the IBD list of private-sector hour-cutters is quite small to prove otherwise, it does offer clues that can be of help in interpreting official industry data on hours worked.

For example, the workweek at general merchandise stores tumbled from 31.1 hours in December to 29.8 hours in July. The inclusion of Wal-Mart (WMT) and Bealls on IBD’s list point to ObamaCare’s employer mandate as a significant contributing factor.

The average workweek in the hotel and accommodations industry hit a record low in July — lower than in the aftermath of 9/11 or at the bottom of the Great Recession.

In July, the workweek for nonsupervisors fell to 28.8 hours, down from 30.7 hours in March 2010, when ObamaCare was signed into law.

I’m looking forward to the 2014 elections, when we will get to vote again on this after we’ve seen “what’s in the bill”. I don’t think that the media’s blatherings are going to be able to convince people who are working under 30 hours a week that Obamacare was the right way to reform health care policy.

5 thoughts on “Obamacare in action: 301 employers cut employee hours and/or jobs”

  1. I really thought that once the real life reality of Obamacare started hitting people, they’d wake up and realize what a nightmare it is and will be.

    Silly me.

    Someone close to me said their employer was cutting their hours for this reason. I said, “Welcome to Obamacare!” Their response? Something about “greedy corporations.”

    I give up. Honestly, I have very little energy left to keep fighting this culture. It doesn’t matter how much evidence you present or how well you make your case for XYZ issue, no one listens.

    I’m sick to death of it all.


    1. I have to agree with Mo. The poverty rate was at a 50 year high in 2012, and yet Obama was re-elected. Some people need a false “messiah” to worship, even if it is literally (see, e.g., Chicago) killing them. Liberals don’t use facts to ground their views or decisions, so there is no truth (as corresponds with reality) for them except whatever they make up. (Oh, how I miss being a liberal – life was SO much easier when I could turn my mind over to others to manage!)

      After the 2012 election, I asked a wise friend “why do poor people want more poverty?” She replied: “They don’t want more poverty – they want your money.” That’s wisdom.

      If we had a rational voting population that had not been brainwashed by the Left in the public schools, HollyWeird, lamestream media, and increasingly and most sadly, the “churches,” then I would share your optimism, WK.


      1. “She replied: “They don’t want more poverty – they want your money.” That’s wisdom.”

        Yes, indeed!

        The horrifying thing is that this hatred for “the rich” is quite acceptable in Christian circles. Oh, it’s not blatant in the sense of Christians actually saying they hate people who are wealthy. But there is the assumption that poor(er) people are righteous *simply by virtue of their being poor* (even when their poverty is self induced by bad life choices and lifestyles) and that rich(er) people are wicked *simply by virtue of their having more money/possessions*, and that the Bible/Jesus support this view and attitude.

        I see nothing of the sort in Scripture. I see Proverbs full of commands for people to work hard, be wise with their money, and not be lazy. I see the NT saying that if people refuse to work, they should not eat. I see the OT full of people who were wealthy and yet were true followers of the God of Israel and were not condemned for their riches. I see Jesus saying that the poor will always be with us.

        And yet I am told over and over and OVER again that I have to support lazy people who won’t work and who take advantage of the system and who are often involved in all sorts of destructive behaviors, all because “Jesus tells us to”?

        BALONEY! The Bible teaches nothing of the kind.

        But say that to a Christian and watch the name calling begin.


        1. Beautiful, Mo. And look at the parable of the Talents – that will spin the head of the social justice Christian! (When they tell you that parable is pure metaphor, and not to be taken literally as well, merely ask them if Jesus set up a metaphor based on an underlying literal lie.)

          Now, I must add that we are to do everything in our power to PERSONALLY help those who are poor – poor without money, poor in spirit, poor because they don’t know Jesus (that’s REAL poverty!), etc. We really should empty our pockets (by choice) as much as we can. (And you will notice that the liberal empties his pockets a LOT less than the conservative.)

          But, there is nothing moral or Biblical in setting up a gargantuan government which empties the pockets (by force) of those who have earned their wealth while transferring such “gains” into the pockets of those who haven’t. It’s not good for the wealthy (limits incentives and production) and not good for the materially poor (destroys dignity and motivation). Furthermore, the historical record on poverty is consistently abysmal for those who have practiced economics from the worldview of liberation theology and liberal theology.


          1. Yes. The very fact that socialism and welfare are means of the government forcibly taking from one to give to the other should be enough to demonstrate to Christians that such things are unbiblical.

            Why so many don’t see this is beyond me!


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