From restaurant and movie chains to colleges and local governments, employers are beginning to trim hours. According to a study from UC Berkeley, some 2.3 million workers across the country are at risk of having their hours cut back thanks to Obamacare.
Even as the White House dismisses story after story as “anecdotal,” its allies are are insisting the impact is real. Joseph Hansen, president of the 1.2 million member United Food and Commercial Workers union, told NBC, “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."
As with most big-government interventions, the impact will be felt most acutely on those without the means to overcome a new set of economic barriers. Obamacare is hurting low-skilled workers, explains the Heritage Foundation, because “it raises the minimum productivity required for them to hold a full-time job, particularly workers with families. … Employers will not hire them at a loss.”
The sad irony is that labor unions were a driving force behind the law’s eventual passage in 2010 and many claimed it would help lift low-skilled workers up. Now, as those low-skilled workers are being pinched by a painfully slow economic recovery and Obamacare, labor leaders are secretly begging the White House to fix the law.
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for Obamacare. As implementation continues to ramp up, the law’s impact will ripple across the country, hurting those who are most vulnerable. The only way to stop the avalanche of “unintended consequences” is to stop Obamacare.