Politicians always have our best interests in mind when they pass new legislation, but they always seem to screw things up and that is why we have the expression, “The road to Hell is paved with good intensions.”
Employers have to cover full time employees with health care insurance. The employer is kind of OK if he can keep his work force under 50 people. There are also other things that have to be covered for full time employee, so as an employer, if you can eliminate the full time employees, you limit your future liability.
For example take a small shop employing two full time employees and one part time employee. It's open 9 hours a day from 11am to 8 pm 7 days a week. In this case,there are two people working 40 hours each and one 32 hours.
Full time employees get benefits like vacation and sick time, where part time employees get zip. With the Obamacare perspective in mind, there is an alternate employer option to reduce having to participate in the plan. Employees who work less than 32 hours are not covered by the new health care plan.
So examine the schedule below, instead of two full time workers at 40 hours and one part time worker at 32 hours, we now have a new work schedule with 4 employees all working 28 hours a week. As far as the government is concerned, we have an additional person to boot, now employed. The trouble is, they don’t qualify for employer mandated health care. Some readers will jump on me claiming that this is such a small operation that the health insurance mandate wouldn’t apply. I will argue that this schedule could be used by Wal-Mart quite effectively. The new work week is only 3 and ½ days long.
Health care sounded like a great idea, but the end results are not the intended ones (full employment doesn't revolve around a 28 hour work week). Then on top of that, Congress wants to raise the minimum wage. It kind of makes sense, if you are getting the minimum wage now, the health insurance is free. Raise wages and the government will collect more taxes and you might not qualify for free medical. The 3 and 1/2 day work week should give everyone that wants a job, a shot at getting one. Problem solved!--- More money for working at a job you hate and less hours to boot.