Obamacare Still Working….


Supposedly, Obamacare was going to lead to a huge change in payrolls, with employers moving more and more employees to part-time status, or just not hiring them at all, to avoid the employer mandates. That hasn’t happened:

President Obama’s health-care reform hasn’t meant less time on the job for American workers, according to three newly published studies that challenge one of the main arguments raised by critics of the Affordable Care Act.

One provision of the law, which is widely known as Obamacare, requires businesses with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance to those working at least 30 hours a week. That mandate took effect this year.

One of the three studies was by ADP, a payroll firm.

Analysts at ADP studied the payrolls of the firms’ clients, about 75,000 U.S. firms and organizations. They expected that as businesses prepared for the mandate to take effect, they would adjust their employees’ schedules, limiting them to no more than 30 hours a week. Yet ADP found no overall change in employees’ weekly schedules between 2013 and last year.

According to ADP’s analysis, shifts in scheduling were trivial in every sector of the economy, even in industries that rely heavily on part-time work, such as leisure and hospitality.

Ryan explained that qualified workers have more options as the economy improves, and they’re getting pickier. As a result, the priority for employers is attracting the best possible workforce. Hiring and retaining good employees means giving them what they want — often, health insurance and full-time work.

The other two studies also are very good, and show similar results (but I’ll skip them here because they are run by people with ideological views on this). The truth of the matter is, again, the doomsday sayers on the right got it wrong. Employers didn’t cut hours or hiring over the ACA mandates, and probably won’t. This isn’t shocking, unless you took critics like Mitt Romney and John Boehner seriously.


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