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IBD’s Obamacare scorecard: A list of cuts to work hours, jobs

State Employer Action Jobs w/ fewer hours Date of Action or Report
Arizona Arizona State University Public Limited course loads for non-tenured associate faculty members Aug-13
Maine Mainesubway (Subway franchisee) Private Reduced worker hours to no more than 29 per week 50 Aug-13
New York Finger Lakes Community College Public Capped course loads for adjunct faculty Aug-13
South Carolina Tsunami Surf Shops Private Will limit workers to fewer than 30 hours per week Aug-13
Illinois Southern Illinois University Public Limited graduate teaching assistants to 20 hours per week Aug-13
Indiana Vincennes Public Cut hours of part-timers to 29 per week Aug-13
California Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Private Cut hours of employees working up to 39 hours a week to less than 30 Aug-13
Georgia Georgia Military College Public Cut hours of adjunct faculty to below 30 per week Aug-13
Illinois Vcm Inc. (Subway franchisee) Private Reduced hours for hourly wage earners to below 30 per week Aug-13
Indiana Ball State University Public Limited work hours for graduate assistants Aug-13
New Jersey Tom’s River Public Will cut part-time hours to 25 per week, effective July 2014 Aug-13
North Carolina Forsyth Technical Community College Public Reduced hours for adjunct faculty to below 30 per week Aug-13
North Carolina Wilkes Community College Public Reduced teaching loads for adjunct faculty to below 30 hours per week and had to cut some courses as a result Aug-13
Texas Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc Private Limiting hours for new employees Aug-13
Texas Dave & Buster’s Private Cut hours of some employees to 28 per week Aug-13
Alabama University of Alabama Public Capped student work hours at 20 per week Jul-13
Florida Brevard County Public Reducing hours for most of 138 part-time workers who work more than 30 hours per week 37 Jul-13
Florida Buca di Beppo restaurant chain Private Reduced hours to below 30 per week 400 Jul-13
Florida Hillsborough Community College Public Cut hours of some part-time faculty members 100 Jul-13

From Investor’s Business Daily (IBD):

ObamaCare’s impact on jobs is hotly debated by politicians and economists. Critics say the Affordable Care Act, with its employer mandate to provide health insurance, gives businesses an incentive to cut workers’ hours. This year, report after report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week — the point where the mandate kicks in. Data also point to a shrinking workweek in low-wage industries.

In the interest of an informed debate, we’ve compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare’s employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing levels. As of Sept. 3, our ObamaCare scorecard included 258 employers. The ObamaCare list methodology is explained further in our initial coverage; click on the employer names in the list below for links to supporting records, mostly news accounts or official documents.

We’ll continue to update the list, which we encourage you to share and download into a spreadsheet to sort and analyze. If you know of an employer that should be on the list and can provide supporting evidence, please contact jed.graham@investors.com at IBD.

MP: The chart above shows the most recent 20 companies that have cut hours and/or jobs due to Obamacare, and that’s only through August 13 and so doesn’t include recent announcements by companies like Stryker (1,000 jobs cut) and Indiana University (50 jobs cuts).  Of the 258 companies listed so far in the IBD database that have specified the number of jobs with fewer hours due to Obamacare (and that’s fewer than half of the companies), there are almost 25,000 workers who can thank President Obamacare and the Unaffordable Care Act for the reduction in their hours.

8 thoughts on “IBD’s Obamacare scorecard: A list of cuts to work hours, jobs

  1. If we wanted universal health care, which I do, the best approach would have been to have all of us (not the euphemistic ‘government’) support health care savings accounts for all of us. We could then govern our own health care instead of the millions of words of rules and regulations. But alas, no such wisdom exists in government.

  2. With all due respect Jeanette, we would still be paying for their healthcare, under ACA, and not just those emergency situations. And rest assured, they will use it. But since many of them will receive a full exemption (an exemption is a portion or all of the premium due paid by the Federal Government) they are not actually becoming “responsible”.

    The irony is that this scheme relies on the healthy, younger Americans, those 27 to 35, paying on average 180% of what they would be paying now. What does that tell those in that age group, that overwhelmingly supported Obamas elections?

    The real problems with this ACA is the Governments take over of healthcare which is sure to be mismanaged and no provision for tort reform.

    For years there was discussion that we needed healthcare reform and that tort reform would need to be the main objective, nothing of the sort in over 2,500 pages in this bill. Who would expect lawyers writing this legislation to legislate away some of the inflationary waste of their fellow lawyers financial opportunity, which with ACA, now a significantly larger part of our economy, offers. Nothing was mentioned about peer group review boards, or charging for frivolous lawsuits that routinely derive thousands of dollars to go away. We pay for that too.

    As for the government taking over, I’m no expert on the Constitution, but; where does it allow such public intrusion? What federal bureaucracy do you know of that is efficient and effective? Your premiums will go through the roof in a few years, Good Luck!

    Unfortunately, my children and yours will be burdened with this mess that we left in our wake. And there is no denying that, as the saying goes, the handwriting was on the wall ! And we knew it going in and did nothing.

  3. This list is impressive but how many companies with part-time employees are not cutting worker’s hours. Without knowing this it is impossible to know the net affect of Obamacare when it comes to working hours.

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