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Hours Cut Due To Obamacare? Follow Your Passion, Says Pelosi

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According to Investor’s Business Daily, over 300 businesses are cutting employee hours and jobs to avoid Obamacare. If employers restrict employee work hours to 30 per week, then they avoid Obamacare mandates for health insurance. Jed Graham of Investor’s Business Daily says, “Data also point to a record low workweek in low-wage industries.”

Casinos are one industry that exemply these cuts. In Grantville, Penn., the Hollywood Casino has told part-time workers they are now limited to no more than 30 hours a week. Gene Barr of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry had this to say:

Government has decided that you as a business will pay this if you meet a certain size. They’ve put these conditions on and of course companies will have to work around and with those conditions in order to make sure they can stay as a successful business. Businesses have to take the steps they can to keep themselves profitable and keep the people that are now employed employed.

Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) and House Minority Leader, remains optimistic, however. In a CNN interview, she says these changes will allow Americans to follow their passions as they are liberated from the 40 hour work week.

Try telling all this to Kelli Ramirez from Louisville, Ky.

In the waiting room of the Family Health Center on Portland Avenue, Kelli Ramirez, an uninsured restaurant server, appears to be a perfect example of someone ready to benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

“I don’t have any (insurance). I can’t afford it. I come here,” Ramirez said.

Yet, Ramirez, 35, is not embracing the ACA, even as it makes her eligible for free health insurance.

“I don’t like it,” Ramirez said.  “I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all,” because she is already paying a steep price for her free health insurance.

“I got my hours cut in half because they put a new computer system in orders,” Ramirez explained…

Ramirez said her hours have been cut from 32 per week to 16 per week, though a superior was working to add more to her schedule.

“They only have so many people that can be full time because of the cost of health insurance,” Ramirez said, defending her employer.  “And so now most of us that are working lower jobs are going to have to get a second job just to be able to make it.”

Here’s hoping that second job will help Ramirez follow her passion.

Elise Hilton Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.


  • whoisjohngalt1984

    Now we’re being liberated from our jobs! I thought we needed a jobs bill to get more people jobs. So jobs are now bad for you.

    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;” yeats

  • Charles Ford

    Your perfect example of someone ready to benefit from the Affordable Care Act, unfortunately offers no valid arguable evidence. “I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all,” followed by her blind defense of the employer who chose to cut her hours over the installation of a machine, not for fear of ACA costs. Also these 300 employers not only do not represent a majority decision against over fourteen million firms and establishments.

    • Elise Hilton

      Of course, Ms. Ramirez’s remarks are not meant to represent a majority of people; it’s her personal experience. However, IBD’s tally of over 300 businesses (some of them large businesses) is a rather daunting example of how much negative impact the ACA is going to have should it go into full effect.