Businesses cut employees’ hours, blame new insurance mandate
The Affordable Care Act employer mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours a week hasn’t been implemented yet, but that hasn’t stopped some businesses from cutting back on employees’ hours to avoid paying healthcare costs. NBC’s Lisa Myers reports.
新的平价医疗法案规定雇主必须给每周工作超过30小时的员工提供医疗保险，此规定尚未出台，就有企业为了避免支付医疗保险费用而缩减员工工时了。NBC的Lisa Myers报道 。
We're learning more tonight about some of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act which the president himself now calls Obama Care. Some workers who thought it meant they finally get some health insurance are instead getting hit with a double whammy. No insurance, and a pay cut. We get the story tonight from our senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.
Luke Perfukt has worked at a Subway franchise in Maine for a decade. But he recently was told his hours would be cut to 29 a week.
It's very tough. I'm scratching by as it is with overtime.
Luke's boss, Lawren Goodrich, who owns 21 subway franchises says it's all because of the new health care law . Employers must provide health insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours a week. Goodrich says his small business can't afford that. So he is cutting hours for fifty of his workers.
Losing five or six hours a week, that's 50, $60 a week or a couple hundred dollars a month, that's a car payment.
reporter: We spoke to almost 20 small businesses and other entities around the country, almost all said because of the new law, they would be cutting back hours for some employees.
Any time you see a one, that's on.
reporter: At St. Petersburg College in Florida, 250 part time professors have had their hours reduced.
It's been the hardest decision I've had to make, and I hope that we can work our way through it to a better answer than we're able to give today.
Part time math professor Tracy Sullivan lost half her income.
I never thought it would impact me directly. I was stunned when I got the e-mail.
The White House dismisses these examples as anecdotal. The top economic adviser told us he sees no systematic evidence, the health care law is having an adverse impact on the number of hours the employees are working.
The administration says this isn't a problem, it's not happening.
It is happening.
reporter: Joseph Hanson is president of the union that generally supports Obama Care. He says discount stores already are cutting workers to 29 hours. And that unionized grocery stores want to follow suit.
Wait a year, you'll see a tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced.
reporter: The White House has delayed the employer mandate for a year, but many businesses like Luke Perfukt's Subway are still preparing for the cuts. Lisa Myers , NBC news, Kennebunk, Maine.