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December 17 2015

Hillary Clinton Admits that ObamaCare is Harming Full-time Jobs

Patrice J. Lee

It isn’t common that we can highlight when Hillary Clinton says something correct, especially given her ardent support of big government and big business squeezing out the innovation and small business.

However, this week Clinton had to admit that ObamaCare is a hindrance for companies to create full-time jobs - a direct slam against President Obama’s signature law.

In response to a woman’s question about why so many companies are going to part-time work when it comes to family leave, the Daily Caller reports Clinton’s response:

“Well, that’s why they’re going to part-time,” Clinton said. “That and also the Affordable Care Act.”

“You know, we’ve got to change that,” Clinton continued, “because we have built in some unfortunate incentives that discourage full-time employment.”

“So there is a disincentive within our system that we need to deal with. I’m really worried about it because there’s a trend to try to move more and more people to part-time work,” Clinton concluded.

Clinton is referring to ObamaCare’s employer mandate, which requires that employers with 50 or more full-time employees offer health insurance to them.

Full-time is defined by President Obama as those working 30 hours or more per week not the standard 40 hours per week. Businesses have an incentive then to cut back worker hours to 29 hours or hiring part-time workers. Workers suffer most as they find their paychecks cut or are forced to take part-time work.

Clinton is back-tracking here, because as the Weekly Standard noted, back in 2007, she proposed that the mandate actually apply to even more businesses - those with 25 employees or more.

Theory and reality are very different. Back in 2007, free healthcare paid for by mandates and tax dollars seemed like Clinton’s winning strategy.

Now, that free healthcare is law, the predictable unintended consequences are setting in and progressives are forced to face the fact that human behavior will lead to different results than they intended.

Of course, President Obama will never admit this.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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