Over the past year, the ranks of people working part-time jobs by choice — as opposed to business-driven factors — has grown by more than one million, the fastest pace in at least two decades.The timing with ObamaCare’s first year of subsidies to buy health insurance is likely more than coincidental.
Officials at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) have tried to provide an official answer to a burning Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) question: Why has the Small Health Options Program (SHOP) done so poorly?
GAO investigators prepared a report on the SHOP plan system at the request of Rep. Sam Graves, chairman of the House Small Business Committee. The investigators tried to find out just how the SHOP plans have actually performed, factors responsible for their performance, and ways to improve their performance in the coming year.PPACA drafters created the SHOP system in an effort to offer small employers access to the same kinds of competitive, transparent markets and access to tax breaks that the PPACA individual exchange system provides for individuals.
Legal challenges to the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act are nothing new. But with the next wave of Obamacare litigation, it’s not the government but large employers who could find themselves facing worker lawsuits for violating the health-reform law.
Honeywell CEO David Cote never expected that his company’s wellness program would be subject to a federal suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month.
“I was more than a little surprised by this suit, as you would imagine,” Cote said in an interview during a Business Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “In fact, infuriated is a good way to put it.”
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued New Jersey–based Honeywell, as well as Orion Energy Systems and Flambeau. The latter two enterprises are headquartered in Wisconsin. These companies’ efforts to follow Obamacare have landed them in federal court. In Obama’s America, even cooperative companies face federal wrath.
“The fact that the EEOC sued is shocking to our members,” Business Roundtable vice president Maria Ghazal told Reuters, which broke this story. “They don’t understand why a plan in compliance with the ACA is the target of a lawsuit. . . . This is a major issue to our members.”
In a November 14 letter to Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell, Treasury secretary Jack Lew, and Labor secretary Thomas Perez, Business Roundtable president John Engler wrote, “If employers believe that complying with the letter of the law can still result in enforcement actions, it will send a chilling effect across the country.”
Amnesty & ObamaCare On Collision Course – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! – DickMorris.com at DickMorris.comNovember 24, 2014
In this video commentary, I discuss how amnesty and ObamaCare are on a collision course.
Some small-business owners are hopeful that a new Congress will change the federal health law’s requirement that businesses provide health insurance to workers who clock as little as 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty.
Republicans taking over control of the Senate would like to extend the law’s definition of a full-time workweek to 40 hours or more. That move, which would require President Barack Obama ’s approval, could benefit people such as Steve Kass, owner of New York-based American Leisure Inc., with 300 employees.
Evidence points to ObamaCare as an important factor in the shrinking workweek.
Last fall, White House economists offered up a simple gauge of ObamaCare’s impact on the workweek: the number of workers clocking just above the 30-hour-per-week threshold at which the employer mandate hits vs. the number with workweeks just shy of that mark.
If that ratio derived from the Current Population Survey of households were flat or rising, it would show that employers, as a whole, weren’t restructuring work hours to avoid ObamaCare’s costs. In fact, the ratio of regular 31- to 34-hour workers vs. 25- to 29-hour workers has been plunging — from 0.71 in December 2012 to a record low 0.55 in June.That shift isn’t apparent in the BLS part-time work data because the agency considers 35 hours or more to be full time.