My friend, the bartender, is a grown man in his forties of Hispanic heritage. He has a wife and children, and he has to support them. With his now-restricted hours, he will not have enough income coming in to take care of them.
Someone who supports Obamacare might say it is the fault of the employer. The employer should provide the insurance to their employees. Even with a stripped-down insurance plan for his family, it would cost over $1,000 per month. That would mean the sandwich which now costs $12 will become $15. The meal that costs $19 will now cost $23. It is easy for supporters to say customers will pay, but the reality is we will see significant reductions in customer trips and a huge loss of jobs.
Now my friend is on a hunt to find a second job. He will have to balance demands between two employers and will probably end up spending less time with his family. He will also end up working more hours, thereby helping to freeze out someone else from getting a position. We will become more of a part-time employment country simply because some attorney working for a Congressional committee came up with 30 hours as being a full-time employee. Because laws are written in black and white, this one choice has dislocated millions of Americans. I am sure that the writers of Obamacare never anticipated this backlash. They thought we would all fall in line like the Jews following Moses with the Ten Commandments.
Congresswoman Pelosi stated we would have to pass the bill to learn what is in it. This was an aspect of the bill not clearly stated and fortunately some groups are working on changing this portion of the law to make 40 hours determine a full-time employment. In the meantime, the small print of this area of the bill is just one more thing that is killing the American job market, and the good intentions of supporters have turned into an albatross for many Americans. The only question that remains -- when will the ill-effects of Obamacare impact you?
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