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Friday, October 11, 2013

ObamaCare and the Part-Time Economy -- By Andrew Puzder, The Wall Street Journal

 The White House insists that the health-care law has not affected hiring. That's not what the numbers show.

There are times when the Obama administration makes statements so disconnected from economic reality that you wonder if any White House official has talked with anyone in business. A case in point: the administration's mantra that ObamaCare's definition of full-time employment as 30 or more hours per week had no effect on employers' hiring practices.

We heard it Monday night on "The Daily Show" when Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told Jon Stewart: "At least the economists, not anecdotal folks, but economists, say there is absolutely no evidence that part-time work is going up. In fact, it's going down." We've been hearing that sort of thing for months—in July, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that data failed to support "the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act." The president himself added to the wonder on Sept. 26, stating that "there's no widespread evidence" that ObamaCare is hurting jobs.

As the CEO of a company that has been dealing with ObamaCare for over three years, I'd like to set the record straight: The evidence that ObamaCare is having a negative impact on hiring is unequivocal, abundant and consistent with common sense.

The White House has been given cover on this matter by the president's Council of Economic Advisers, which in September declared that "of the increase in employment since the Affordable Care Act became law, more than 9 out of 10 positions have been full-time."

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