(WASHINGTON POST) Max Ehrenfreund — 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.
Republicans, and some Democrats, worried that employers would look for ways to get around the mandate, either by giving their employees fewer than 30 hours, or by hiring fewer people.
Either result would be bad for workers, one reason that Republican nominee Mitt Romney called Obamacare a “job-killer” during the last presidential campaign. Other Republicans issued similarly bleak warnings.
And GOP lawmakers in Congress have tried more than once to increase the limit from 30 hours to 40 hours per week, with idea of making it more difficult for businesses to avoid the mandate.
So far, though, researchers say employers have not changed how they hire and schedule their workers in response to the law.