Skip to comments.The Next Obamacare Battle Nobody is Talking About
Posted on 06/30/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administrations interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled.
But in our disappointment, lets not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law. While Congress may not be able to undo the Courts recent ruling, that doesnt mean they cant address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours.
The youth unemployment rate is currently 13.6%, meaning nearly one out of every seven people between the ages of 18 and 29 are out of work. Of those fortunate enough to be employed, many see their work hours cut.
The Affordable Care Acts employer mandate requires businesses who employ 50 or more full-time workers to insure all of their employees. While this requirement may be well-intended, its long-term economic consequences will be devastating. As the mandate is set to take effect in 2016, many businesses are already choosing between limiting their staff or cutting individual work-hours.
Its estimated that 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 a year are at risk of having their hours or wages cut. Of those 2.6 million, 60 percent of those people are between the ages of 19 and 34.
Take the food industry, for example, where the average employee age is 28 years old. Between wait staff, hostesses, busboys, line cooks, dishwashers, and others, restaurants easily reach staffs of over 50 employees with diverse skill sets. This being the case, restaurant owners many of whom see thin profit margins already have limited options and are forced to cut hours, reducing the size of peoples paychecks.
Because so many young people work in the food industry, they are being disproportionately clobbered by this provision. And thats just in the restaurant industry. Retail stores and other business sectors face the brunt of the provision, too.
Forever 21 is one of the largest private employers in the country. Less than two years ago, in preparation for the employer mandate to kick in, the company announced its plans to reduce worker hours. Although the organization denied these cuts were directly related to the 30-hour provision, Forever 21 planned to transition some workers to 29.5 hours a week or less.
This mandates burden is clearly falling hardest on young people who are already experiencing the difficulty of finding gainful employment. But there is good news. Right now, Congress has the ability to vastly improve our generations opportunity to work by restoring the 40-hour workweek.
Specifically, the Senate should immediately consider the House-passed Save American Workers Act that changes the threshold of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. The House of Representatives passed this bipartisan bill in January, and now its up to the Senate to follow suit. This simple fix would make an enormous difference for young people desperately looking to advance in their careers.
Being employed, whether its waiting tables or performing an entry-level desk job, provides a young person with necessary income, crucial career development, and most importantly, a sense of pride and self-worth. Restoring the 40-hour work week should be the simple starting point of a larger conversation about how to help our generations job crisis.
With help from “The Supremes”, I’m sure Obama can get it lowered to 20 hours.
Frankly, I don't care about this company's response. It is logical. Especially in response to a wholly socialist law in the first place.
What all these young socialists who believe Obama's and his ilks' spiels need to be concerned about is that trust they placed into the hands of third rate power-mad intellects to start with. Obama and company could give a crap about you as long as he destroys traditional America. He was brought up to hate us and what we represent and to do everything he can to undo it. Don't make a mistake about that. You all might just as well learn how to bow down and point towards Mecca.
Finally, that new math the kids were learning makes sense.
How can the justices on that court say things like that with a straight face? The only subsidies that were to be given were through state exchanges only. I'm getting very tired of shaking my head.
No doubt, after seeing their hours cut, the kids will demand more socialism.
Right you are - decline and chaos, all is going well according to Oboal’s plan.
Right before our very eyes without a fight...
Tired we may be, we really owe it to our country to fight his agenda and actions.
Where is the Tea Party?
Where is the nationwide groundswell uprising of 2009?
No matter how bad things look, it’s only going to get much worse (unrecoverable) without opposition to Nero II.
That is why it is important to have an editor review work before publishing.
those “young people” are just finding out what H.L.M said about Democracy since they overwhelmingly love B.H.O
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Collapsing the economy from within. Right out of “Rules for Radicals”. Marxism at its best.
More like “1984”..... 2+2=5 ....the chocolate ration will go UP from 30 gram to 25 grams
The editor hit 29.5 hours and had to go home.
Restoring the 40-hour work week should be the simple starting point of a larger conversation about how to help our generations job crisis.
But Europeans don’t have a 40 hour work week and don’t we want to be more like them (communist/socialist)?
Not sure this is relevant but I saw this morning on Fox News on their news banner at the bottom of the screen that the Labor Dept. is proposing new rules that if an employee works more than 40 hours per week and makes over $455 per week that they be entitled to over time compensation. This rule change will prevent companies from labeling them managers and exempt from OT pay.
Of course that will require that the minimum wage be increased to $20/hr. in order to maintain a "living wage".
Just have congress pass a blank sheet of paper. The president can fill in the details.
I thought that went without saying.
It would apply to me, and I am not in favor of it.
[[While Congress may not be able to undo the Courts recent ruling, that doesnt mean they cant address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act:]]
Let’s see- Have they EVER acted on their own to stop HC or ANYTHING this _resident has done? Nope! There is no reason to even have hope that they will I nthe future either
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