Obamacare’s 29 hour work week, which was created by Democrats, disproportionately hurts women

Whatever you tax, you get less of. Democrats understand this, which is why they support carbon taxes, gasoline taxes, the Tobin tax, and other taxes on things that they would like there to be less of.

Obama himself raised the cigarette tax because he wants to reduce the rate of smoking.

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that the Obamacare mandate is a tax. Obamacare’s employer mandate only applies to employees who work 30 or more hours per week. This gives employers a huge incentive to reduce their employees’ weekly hours to 29. Obamacare’s employer mandate is a tax on full time employment – and whatever you tax, you get less of.

The New York Times reported that Obamacare

“sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”

The New York Times also reported that this disproportionately hurts women:

A “29er” refers to someone working 29 hours per week, the maximum that an hourly employee can work and still be considered part time by the federal government, as defined under the Affordable Care Act.

Part-time employees do not create a health-insurance requirement or a penalty for their employer, which gives large and small employers an incentive to reduce at least some employees’ hours to 29 hours.

I used the Census Bureau’s data to put together a sample of people likely to be 29ers over the next couple of years, based on working 30 to 37 hours per week before this year and not having health insurance available through a spouse (if married). Women outnumber men more than 2 to 1 among likely 29ers. The 29ers are also likely to be less than 30 years old.

Naturally, working fewer hours means less pay. By disproportionately reducing women’s work hours, health reform may have the unintended consequence of increasing the gap between men’s and women’s wages and salaries.

Every Democrat in the House and Senate who voted for Obamacare, chose to tax, and thus to reduce, the number of hours that women work.

When President Obama signed Obamacare in March 2010, he chose to tax, and thus to reduce, the number of hours that women work.

I’m not gong to buy any argument that this is an “unintended” consequence of Obamacare, because Democrats know that whatever you tax, you get less of, and they chose to tax full time employment, and Obama argued before the Supreme Court that this is indeed a tax.

For all the Democrats’ talk about the Republicans’ so-called “war on women,” it seems to me that it’s actually the Democrats who are waging a “war on women.”

The “free” birth control that Sandra Fluke was so eager to get for women as part of Obamacare is actually turning out to be quite expensive. Fluke said that birth control

“can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school.”

However, a pharmacy near Fluke’s law school sells birth control for only nine dollars a month. Since law school usually takes three years, that’s a total of only $324, which is only one tenth of what Fluke said it cost. In fact, Fluke has never stated what kind of magic birth control costs more than $1,000 a year.

At the time that Fluke made her testimony, her boyfriend was millionaire Adam Mutterperl. Why wasn’t he willing to pay for her birth control?

Concerned Women for America accused President Obama of hypocrisy after Obama criticized Rush Limbaugh for using crude and vulgar language to describe Sandra Fluke, but Obama did not criticize Bill Maher (who had donated one million dollars to an Obama PAC) for using the same kind of crude and vulgar language to describe Sarah Palin.

So anyway, in exchange for this “free” birth control that Democrats are so obsessed with, many women are having their weekly work hours reduced. This supports P.J. O’Rourke’s famous 1993 statement

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”

So, in exchange for “free” birth control, here are some real world examples of the results of Democrats’ tax on full time employment:

In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, some restaurants have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including some franchises of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, White Castle, and Fatburger.

Community College of Allegheny County switched 200 professors and 200 other employees from full time to part time in response to Obamacare. Clint Benjamin, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County, said that this would reduce his own monthly pay by $600.

Also in response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, other colleges have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University.

In Virginia, thousands of government employees had their hours reduced because of Obamacare.

The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh reduced the hours of 48 of its employees in response to Obamacare.

Regal Entertainment Group, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, announced that it would be switching thousands of its employees from full time to part time in response to the Obamacare mandate.

Utah’s Granite School District reduced the hours of 1,200 of its employees in response to Obamacare.

In response to Obamacare, many Wal-Mart stores have stopped hiring full time workers.

In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will

“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”

In response to Obamacare, Forever 21 reduced its employees’ hours.

As of September 2013, more than 200 public-sector employers had reduced their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.

Sea World reduced the weekly hours of its part time employees from 32 to 28 in response to Obamacare.

Lands’ End limited its part time employees to 29 hours per week in response to Obamacare.

As of September 2013, at least 34 universities and colleges had reduced some of their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.

On October 23, 2013, Investor’s Business Daily wrote:

IBD has a running list that now includes 351 employers that have opted to cut work hours below 30 per week or take related steps to limit liability under ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Each entry is documented with links to news sources and public records.

About 275 entries on IBD’s list come from the public sector, including more than 100 school districts.

January 31, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Health care, Politics, Sexism.


  1. eaglesglen replied:

    Last Nov. or Dec. the Fed gov news re new jobs was
    of last 950,000 new jobs,
    about 770,000 were part time!
    If over half of new jobs are part time why didn’t Obama admin. declare them part time.
    And if you are married, have kids, and only a part time job I’ll bet you need welfare to fill the financial gap in income(s). Where is welfare now, about 107 million. And still climbing? I’llbet. What do you think. Also women and young blacks are disproportionally negatively affected by our new grea exonomy.

  2. JohnF replied:

    Yet Jay Carney said in early October and again in December that there is no evidence that full time employment is affected by Obama-care. Nancy Palosi said the same thing in November. (I’m trying to find the date and context). Lies, lies, lies. The only ones that have told the Truth so far are Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

  3. William Livingston replied:

    What gets me the most is Obama says our economy is once again stable.

    IMO if our wonderful economy is bouncing back like Obama says then please tell me why business are having 80% of their employees working between 20 and 25 hours a week, meaning that each employee has to hold down 2 jobs to have a 40 hours pay check.

    Again IMO this is just defeating a purpose. That employee has to DRIVE FROM JOB A TO JOB B OR JOB C MEANING HE HAS TO USE GASOLINE. Now if that’s what Obama thinks is bouncing back then Obama needs to have a shrink talk to him.

    This past Tuesday night, Obama had the opportunity to accept responsibility for the state of our country is in and to provide a vision for how we can create jobs and get this economy back on track.

    Instead, he re-ignited controversial fights. He’s not interested in compromise, but in continues to blame others and the Republicans for not having a growing government.

    It took him well over 45 minutes to even mention Obama-care. And when he did, he continued the myth that the GOP doesn’t have a plan to fix health care. We didn’t want Obama care in the first place.

    He said he supports an ALL energy policies, but never once did he mentioned the Keystone Pipeline. Still wants to end the use of coal blaming it on Global Warming.

    He spent of his time time talking about raising the minimum wage to $10 p/hour, but never once talked about the crushing tax burden holding back small business owners from hiring new employees.

    And one thing he seemed to avoid like the bubonic plague, Obama never once gave a plan to fix the national debt or government spending.

    And worst of all, he said if Congress doesn’t act, meaning if Congress does not cave to his demands, he would unilaterally use executive orders to go around the legislative process. Which by the way he has averaged one Executive Order ever two weeks. To me this does not sound like a leader but more like a spectator, or better yet a dictator.

    I will give him credit on this though, I believe during his 2008 campaign he promised he would not create any new taxes, but one thing he never promised that he would NOT raise the current taxes for his own agenda.

    Now if I am wrong about any of the above please correct me.

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