The Herald Bulletin

July 20, 2013

Viewpoint: Obamacare has already damaged job market

Obamacare has already damaged job market

By Tom Hinkle
Anderson resident

---- — So, the Obama administration has decided to delay implementing certain parts of Obamacare until 2015. Wonder why? Could it be the damage already being done to the job market, with the massive cuts in hours already taking place in workplaces across the country? Business after business has cut employee hours to under 30 to get around the Obamacare mandate. Gee, who could have seen that coming? It used to be that 40 hours was considered full-time; then 38; then 35.

Now, the Obama administration has decided to that 30 hours is considered full-time, and any company with 50 employees or more must provide their full-time employees with health care. That doesn't sound too bad, does it? Until you consider that the insurance, under Obamacare, will add several thousand dollars to the cost of each employee, and will drive the company out of business. Cutting employee hours is now necessary in order for the company to survive; thanks to Obamacare.

An employee now has the option of a part-time job or no job if the company goes out of business. Now, the employee must try to find two or even three part-time jobs to make up the income that was lost; thanks to Obamacare. The only problem is, there are thousands of other people also looking for work, so finding another job is nearly impossible.

Maybe the Democratic senators and representatives asked the Obama administration to delay the implementation of the provision of the health care mandate. They know Obamacare is going to ruin the economy, so they asked for the delay to prevent the inevitable until after mid-term elections. They saw the layoffs and hours being cut, and recognized that an economic train wreck was coming.

Politicians only truly care about being re-elected. They know, if Obamacare begins in 2014, when mid-term elections are held, the economy will be so bad they will be voted out in record numbers. Personally, being a conservative capitalist Christian, I would not consider that a bad thing, especially since not a single Republican in the House and Senate voted for Obamacare. I would consider that Karma. Remember the words of Nancy Pelosi, "We have to pass the bill to see what's in it." What? How irresponsible is that? Remember candidate Obama's pledge to not pass a single bill without posting it online for three weeks first, so the public would see what Congress is voting on? How's that "Hope and change" working out for ya? I guess now we will have to wait until 2015 to find out.