by Emma Karlin, staff writer
Most people find it difficult to lie; but most people are not White House Press Secretaries like Jay Carney. He finds lying quite easy to do. This week he flippantly dismissed Republican charges that Obamacare has forced employers to move away from full time employees because of the law’s oppressive requirements.
With the kind of straight face only a studied liar could put on, Carney countered the charges by saying, “The data reflects that there is no support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act,”
Now here’s the truth.
The actual statistics prove just the opposite is true. A Wall Street Journal report tells us that for the year so far, an average of 22,000 full time workers have been hired each month. This has given us a complete reversal of the 2012 ratio when 171,000 full time workers found employment each month.
Companies with more than 49 employees will be required to provide their workers with government approved healthcare or face a fine, once the law is fully implemented. In response to this impeding attack, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has weighed in saying, “Small businesses expect the requirement to negatively impact their employees. Twenty-seven percent say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees, 24 percent will reduce hiring, and 23 percent plan to replace full time employees with part-time workers to avoid triggering the mandate.” Because of Obamacare not only is 7.5% unemployment the new normal, but calling a 30 hour work week full time employment has become normal as well.
Clearly the small business community is very worried about Obamacare. Only 17% have added employees in the last two years and less than a quarter of small business owners think they will be adding employees in the next two years.
Among all Americans a staggering 77% think Obama’s economy is on the wrong track, and a stunning 61% of these small business owners have no plans to hire anyone in the next twelve months. Perhaps most telling in this report on Obama’s economy is that 90 % of them want to ease EPA regulations and see more drilling for oil on American soil.