War on Workers

Jun 20, 2013 Issues: Health

Dear Friends,

When I’m back home in the Third District and I talk to small business owners, I constantly hear how the new health care law is going to hurt their workers and their business.  I listen to their stories and I let them know that I have voted to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act in full or in part, 32 times.  So far, we’ve been successful at removing a few provisions, but we still have a long way to go.  And now that thousands of workers’ full-time jobs are in jeopardy, it’s becoming harder for the Administration to convince Americans to buy into this new law.
As The Washington Times reports, the law “is prompting employers to hire more part-time and temporary workers to escape paying benefits under a mandate that goes into effect next year, amplifying a trend toward transient employment that took hold during the recession.”  Low-income workers are “hardest hit by the move toward cutting work hours and increasing temporary hiring,” the Times adds, with “more than a quarter of part-time workers…holding down two or more jobs to make ends meet.” 
Several recent headlines from newspapers across the country underscore the impact the new health care law is having on part-time workers’ hours, and their hope of finding full-time work:
• CALIFORNIA: “‘Obamacare’ benefits mandate could further phase out full-time work” (Los Angeles Times, 5/2/13)

• GEORGIA: “Regal cutting theater workers’ hours due to Obamacare” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/17/13)

• INDIANA: “School part-timers fear fewer hours, less pay as impact of health care law kicks in” (Indianapolis Star, 6/16/13)

• MISSOURI: “‘Involuntary’ part-time jobs are growing” (Kansas City Star, 5/27/13)

• NEBRASKA: “The cost of progress? School districts cut part-time hours to save cash” (Omaha World-Herald, 5/23/13)

• NEW YORK: “Companies cut part-time worker hours to avoid Obamacare requirement: report” (New York Daily News, 5/2/13)

• NORTH CAROLINA: “Some NC employers cut worker hours to avoid cost of health care reform” (News Observer, 6/1/13)

• OHIO: “Unhealthy side effects, Employers seek ways to avoid health-care law’s burdens” (Columbus Dispatch Editorial, 4/14/13)

• PENNSYLVANIA: “Southern Lehigh to reduce part-time hours to avoid Obamacare” (The Morning Call, 6/13/13)

• UTAH: “Part-time America gets push from health care law.”  (Deseret News, 4/26/13)
For the part-time workers forced to purchase insurance on their own, the news gets worse.  A report by the House Energy & Commerce Committee that found that premiums on the individual market are expected to increase 100 percent on average, with rate hikes as high as 400 percent in some areas. 
Fully repealing the health care law will remove one major barrier small businesses and manufacturers say makes it harder to create jobs.  It will also help families that are facing major rate hikes next year, at a time when they are already struggling with higher costs on everything from gas to groceries.
Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in Washington. Thank you for this opportunity to serve and I look forward to seeing you soon in South Carolina’s Third District!

Blessings and Liberty,

Jeff Duncan
Member of Congress