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Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:42:42 AM »
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/oct/9/obama-obamacare-not-reason-cuts-workers-hours/

By Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

October 9, 2013, 05:33PM

President Obama on Wednesday continued tying the government shutdown to House Republicans, making the case there are real people in the D.C. region and beyond who are being harmed by partisan gridlock.

“This isn’t a game of chicken. There are people who are being impacted every day, obviously in the D.C. metro region, people are affected that much more,” Mr. Obama told Washington’s NBC affiliate, one of four interviews the commander-in-chief conducted with local TV stations on Wednesday afternoon. The interviews aired Wednesday evening.

“I’ve got young staff who are already not getting paid a lot and now they’re not getting a paycheck,” the president added.

Wednesday’s interviews gave the president another opportunity to place blame for the federal shutdown — and potentially for a looming default on the U.S. debt — solely on the shoulders of the Republican Party, and tea party members in the House in particular.

He told Tampa’s NBC affiliate that the U.S. shouldn’t even be “considering” going past its legal debt limit, which analysts believe could be reached as soon as next week.

Many Republicans want to tie a new spending plan to reopen the government, or a debt-ceiling increase, to changes in Obamacare, the president’s signature health care law.

In a sit-down with Richmond’s WTVR, the president defended that law despite growing evidence that businesses are cutting back on workers’ hours because of it.

“A lot of this stuff has been happening for the last several years that doesn’t have to do with the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Obama said. He said employers have been “loading off costs” of health care onto employees for a long time.
Anecdotal evidence is increasing that employers are reducing workers’ hours below 30 per week to avoid the law’s requirement to provide health insurance for full-time employees — defined as 30 hours per week — or pay a $2,000 fine. Investors Business Daily also has compiled a list of more than 300 employers it says are reducing full-time jobs due to the law, including more than 50 colleges and universities.

Enrollment in online health-insurance “exchanges” started last week with heavy interest and a multitude of glitches on web sites. The law takes effect for some consumers on Jan. 1.

In his interview with Tampa’s NBC station, Mr. Obama also said that he sought to restore health benefits for the families of fallen troops as soon as he learned of the problem. A private charity has agreed to pick up those costs and then be reimbursed once the government is back up and running.

“I am not going to wait for Congress, and I ordered Chuck Hagel, secretary of defense, to go ahead and fix it,” he said.



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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 08:48:31 AM »
And the people killed in Hiroshima was a result of heat and wind, not the atomic bomb. :peeonobama:
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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 08:57:03 AM »
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"I’ve got young staff who are already not getting paid a lot and now they’re not getting a paycheck,” the president added.
Big deal. They'll all get "back pay" for work they never did.
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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 05:37:32 PM »
Big deal. They'll all get "back pay" for work they never did.

And State Unemployment Compensation- which they do not pay into and the states then have to try and collect back once they return to work. I heard for Maryland and VA this will be millions of dollars they likely will not get back.
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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 06:59:33 PM »
Why not have the federal workers continue to do their (unnecessary) jobs, but just tell them their next paycheck or two will  be late*, instead of having them sit on their rear ends drinking beer while they wait for a whopping "back pay" check for work  never performed?

*and if they don't like it, they're fired
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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 07:05:11 PM »
Why not have the federal workers continue to do their (unnecessary) jobs, but just tell them their next paycheck or two will  be late*, instead of having them sit on their rear ends drinking beer while they wait for a whopping "back pay" check for work  never performed?

*and if they don't like it, they're fired

That makes too much sense. Obama wants to put the hurts to everyone, including the government.

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Re: Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 07:06:58 PM »
Big deal. They'll all get "back pay" for work they never did.

AND unemployment benefits.
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