Near the end of the sixth full year of the Deval Patrick administration, we are all mighty familiar with his excuse for welfare fraud. You know all those stories we hear are “just anecdotes”. That was, of course, until the State Auditor came out with a blockbuster report that showed just how rampant fraud in that department has been, under the Patrick Administration.
Now, the Governor’s good friend Barack Obama and his administration are taking a page from the Patrick Playbook. NBC News, yes you read that right, recently completed an investigative report showing that businesses are cutting employee hours due to Obamacare. The administrations response? “Just anecdotal” evidence.
Goodridge said he’s cutting the hours of 50 workers to no more than 29 a week so he won’t trigger the provision in the new health care law that requires employers to offer coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. The provision takes effect in 16 months.
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Luke Perfect, who has worked at Goodridge’s Kennebunk Subway for more than a decade, said it was “horrible” to learn he was among the employees whose hours would be limited, and that it would be a financial hardship. “I’m barely scraping by with overtime,” he said.
The White House dismisses such examples as “anecdotal.” Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, said, “We are seeing no systematic evidence that the Affordable Care Act is having an adverse impact on job growth or the number of hours employees are working. … [S]ince the ACA became law, nearly 90 percent of the gain in employment has been in full-time positions.”
This is a typical liberal response, any data that does not fit their narrative is “anecdotal”. You see it across the spectrum. Deval Patrick became a master at this, and now the President’s administration is following suit.
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Who isn’t buying the White House’s spin? Union leaders, who are at the front line of this trend. You may remember it was reported that Stop and Shop was reducing hours to avoid health care coverage. From the NBC News Report:
It IS happening,” insisted Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which has 1.2 million members. “Wait a year. You’ll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up. Their statistics, I think, are a little behind the time.”
In a letter to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Hansen joined other labor chieftains in warning that the ACA as presently written could “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the middle class.”
NBC News spoke with almost 20 small businesses and other entities from Maine to California, and almost all said that because of the new law they’d be cutting back hours for some employees – an unintended consequence of the new law.
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