The AP reported this week that:
[A] new provision in the health care bill will require businesses to count part-time workers when calculating penalties for failing to provide coverage.
As we warned in in October of last year measures such as these hurt small businesses and part-time workers (particularly students, working mothers, and people who work for companies with a seasonal bent), leading to more unemployment and more mis-allocated resources in the economy.
Ed Morrissey from Hotair.com issues his analysis and warning today, too. He’s spot on.
This change in the parallel bill would have a big impact on small businesses, who already have trouble competing with their larger competitors. It will force businesses into either paying for benefit packages that they can’t afford with their current staff levels, pushing them either into cutting staff to recoup the costs or shutting their doors altogether. It will have a major impact on the part-time labor market, which supports student workers and second earners in families under normal economic conditions.
Today Rasmussen reported that 57% of American’s think that ObamaCare will damage the economy. They’re right.