Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said recently that he will soon introduce legislation which would bar small businesses from opting to hire part-time employees instead of full-time employees in order to avoid extra costs they would incur by reaching staffing thresholds that would force compliance with costly Obamacare mandates.
Republicans have consistently said that small businesses risk being driven out by Obamacare mandates, and would move to lay off full-time employees in favor of larger part-time staffs. Grayson, however, believes the argument is void because Obamacare provides some rebates for small businesses that will have to provide healthcare plans to employees.
“The Affordable Care Act actually subsidizes health insurance for small businesses to provide health care,” he said. “Every small business gets a one-third tax credit in providing health care that they need to provide to their own employees. It’s absurd.”
Perhaps he could take his message of mandating full-time hiring over to Contra Costa County, Calif., where politicians recently hailed the announcement that the county had won the right to run an Obamacare call center. When jobseekers showed up for the 200 jobs that were touted as full-time gigs with benefits promoting Obamacare, it was discovered that half of the positions were part-time with no benefits.