August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013

When people think of the American dream, it often includes a full time job to pay the bills and support your family. Someday, you may even own your own small business. I was a small business owner and understand the struggles many are going through with the tough economic times and the uncertainty coming out of Washington. The last thing hardworking Americans need is to have their employers cut back their hours because of harmful healthcare laws coming from the President.

Instead of employees working the standard 40-hour work week, hours are now being slashed to only 29-hour work weeks so that employers can comply with Obamacare regulations. When work hours decrease so does the pay check, making take-home-pay for the average American shrink.

Many major companies are already beginning to pull back on employee hours even though the mandate has been delayed. Prior to the mandate taking effect there is a “measurement period” used by the feds to unearth the business’s number of full time employees; kick starting the cutback on hours now rather, than later on down the road. By cutting hours now businesses will be able to avoid the provision that will go into effect in sixteen months. This provision is affecting all different industries across the board such as food franchises, small businesses and colleges.

As businesses look to the future and begin to make these cutbacks, involuntary part-time U.S. employment is already near a record high. Although some would argue that in July there were 162,000 jobs created, many of these were not jobs that would make a lasting impact on the economy; more than 65% of the positions added in July were part-time work.

It is clear that Obamacare hurts the American people more than it helps them.  There have been four major delays in its implementation and seven bills that the President has signed either delaying or repealing parts of his own healthcare law. The President may have thought he was doing workers a favor by placing the government in control of health care coverage but he can’t seem to understand that by trying to give them his healthcare plan, the security of a full time job and the pay check that accompanies that is becoming non-existent.

I, along with my colleagues in the House have been fighting for a better solution to provide healthcare in our country. The current Obamacare plan is already beginning to cripple businesses, starting with some of its most essential employees. American families should not have to be pushed into part-time work because of a poorly written law, they deserve better.