Franchise owners plead for changes to ObamaCare

posted at 8:01 am on September 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The kickoff date for the employer mandate in ObamaCare got put off for a year, but that doesn’t mean small-business owners don’t have to start making adjustments now to the ACA’s requirements — especially in the definition of full-time workers. While the White House looks for ways to snare more employers who are hoping to dodge the mandate by lowering the hours worked by their staff, owners of retail chain franchises want the definition changed from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. Without that, they argue that their employees will see hours decline even further, and management of their businesses will become too unwieldy:

Franchise restaurant owners have come to Washington seeking a change to ObamaCare that they say could prevent them from having to cut their employees’ hours.

The healthcare law requires large employers to provide insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours per week. …

More than 300 members of the franchise association are making the rounds on Capitol Hill to lobby for the ObamaCare changes. Monday’s visitors included IFA members from Mr. Rooter, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts.

Their top priority is a trio of bills that would increase the law’s definition of full-time employee to 40 hours per week. Members of the IFA have been instructed to ask lawmakers whether they will co-sponsor legislation “to give employers and employees relief from burdensome employer regulations?”

Bills supported by the IFA include the Save American Workers Act, sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), and the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, offered in the House by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and in the Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

The franchise trade group has also launched a website, 40hoursisfulltime.com, to encourage visitors to lobby their lawmakers on the full-time threshold.

If they have to lock in workers at a ceiling of 30 hours per week, business owners will need to add staff rather than have some flexibility on scheduling hours with existing staff. That will drive costs up — there is an overhead cost for every employee, regardless of how many hours worked — and create more problems in cost control. Since most franchise businesses operate on relatively low margins in highly competitive markets, higher costs mean higher prices, or a good possibility of going out of business.

And, since franchise businesses tend to hire younger workers, the loss of these businesses mean fewer opportunities for teens and young adults.  That’s hardly the only problems that ObamaCare creates for young adults, as the NRCC notes in this spoof of HHS’ “Healthy Young America” video contest.  Hot Air has the first look:

Heading back to school at ObamaCare University? Professor Sebelius wants to make sure you’re caught up with what trends are hot right now.

ObamaCare is causing the price of your health insurance to skyrocket, but don’t worry – higher costs for health care is the BIG trend this year. You’ll fit right in.

The law also mandates what services are covered. Because having less access to your Doctor is ALL the rage right now.

Concerned you can’t afford all these fashion trends? Don’t worry. ObamaCare will charge a hefty tax if you don’t participate, so you don’t really have a choice!

So just remember this Fall when you head back to campus: higher health premiums and no choices are SO IN. Control over your health care is SO two thousand and LATE. That’s all you need to know to succeed at ObamaCare University. Good luck!

 


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Electrongod on September 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Heh

cmsinaz on September 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

No job, higher costs, no choice. Great deal for the youts.

And lives will be poorer, shorter and less free for us oldsters too.

forest on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Seems like an easy fix for this, simply require every business to employ all of their people at 40 hours per week, the end result being that everyone has health coverage AND a full time job.

Man, why do I have to explain the simplest things to you dumb KKKonservatard hicks.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

…this… goes with kj’s piece on QOTD…
and all the drones that walk and breathe…are quiet…so they sit on their thumbs…in the House and the Senate!

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Clown University

Electrongod on September 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

….nice!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Business Owner !!! Remember that even unions, in the person of Richard “Ivan” Trumpka, couldn’t get the Ø regime to alter the deal. They are just praying that he does not alter it further. Welcome to The Empire where everything The Emperor touches turns to sh!t. Deal.

ExpressoBold on September 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Man, why do I have to explain the simplest things to you dumb KKKonservatard hicks.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Too bad Longtime Listener — er, I mean Capitalist Hog — er, I mean The Race Card isn’t here any longer to explain it to us.

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Seems like an easy fix for this, simply require every business to employ all of their people at 40 hours per week, the end result being that everyone has health coverage AND a full time job.

Man, why do I have to explain the simplest things to you dumb KKKonservatard hicks.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Ya mein Fuhrer

Bevan on September 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Too bad Longtime Listener — er, I mean Capitalist Hog — er, I mean The Race Card isn’t here any longer to explain it to us.

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

…FOR REAL!…I have coffee on the chair…table…carpet and keyboard!

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 8:33 AM

ObamaCare is a communist’s dream.
The Cloward/Piven strategy is working.
If you like your job, sorry you cannot keep
your job. The only jobs left will be working
for the communists. Soon, assets will be seized
to pay the workers.

redguy on September 18, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Bills supported by the IFA include the Save American Workers Act, sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), and the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, offered in the House by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and in the Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Could we have a law that the names of bills can’t be longer than the bill itself? I’m more interested in the details of the bills than the political statements contained in the title. Example: The Affordable Care Act is false advertising in that it neither is affordable nor does it provide care to anybody but the political class and thier allies.

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Seems like an easy fix for this, simply require every business to employ all of their people at 40 hours per week, the end result being that everyone has health coverage AND a full time job.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Well, you know what they say. When you are unemployed, looking for employment is your full-time job. ;0

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Too bad Longtime Listener — er, I mean Capitalist Hog — er, I mean The Race Card isn’t here any longer to explain it to us.

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Did the company that employs professional trolls cut his pay period back under 30 hours a week?

jon1979 on September 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Wait, aren’t these kids covered under their parents healthcare til they are 26 – for FREE y’know.

ctmom on September 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Seems like an easy fix for this, simply require every business to employ all of their people at 40 hours per week, the end result being that everyone has health coverage AND a full time job.

Man, why do I have to explain the simplest things to you dumb KKKonservatard hicks.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

You joke, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that sort of thing come out of the Democrat caucus. Penalizing employers who cut hours or staff in order to avoid having to provide health coverage.

Doughboy on September 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Or at least require the name not be a smokescreen for something you know is going to suck.

“Arbeit Macht Frei” over a gate guarded by machinegun toting SS and attack dogs wasn’t fooling anyone.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Why lobby for changes to Obamacare rather than outright repeal?

Charlemagne on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Cap Hog was also The Race Card? Well…I’ve been waiting for him all this time, we had a duel scheduled and he never showed.

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Everyone fighting this bill back in 2009 and 2010 screamed about this (among many other things), but we were ignored. If we’d been listened to, they wouldn’t now be pleading to fix the law, because the law would have never passed in the first place.

F**k you, losers.

Chris of Rights on September 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

My advice to business owners.
Quit and go to work to defeat the
communists.

redguy on September 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Thank you, Ed.

If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you’ll be able to get coverage. We’ll do this by creating a new insurance exchange — a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage.

President Barack Hussein Obam, address a Joint Session of Congress on Healthcare, 9/9/09

kingsjester on September 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“addressing”

kingsjester on September 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Bishop on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

…I’m still cleaning!…I don’t want my bride asking me… why I spilled coffee everywhere!…we have light carpet…

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM

second look at kiosks?

Lost in Jersey on September 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Too bad Longtime Listener — er, I mean Capitalist Hog — er, I mean The Race Card isn’t here any longer to explain it to us.

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Thanks, Cap’n, for swabbing the deck.

TXUS on September 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

No. No changes, no fixes. Hate what Obamacare is doing to your business? Vote for candidates who will repeal it. Tell your employees also. Everyone needs to choke on it, until its repealed.

Revenant on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Too bad Longtime Listener — er, I mean Capitalist Hog — er, I mean The Race Card isn’t here any longer to explain it to us.

Ed Morrissey on September 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Thanks, Cap’n, for swabbing the deck.

TXUS on September 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

More like draining the holding tank.

HumpBot Salvation on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Get ready for the robots.

I’ve saw an automated fry-making machine over a decade ago at a McDonalds. Ordering kiosks and self checkout machines are commonplace. How hard would it be to make a burger making machine? It doesn’t seem like much of a challenge.

Soon, the only thing left for humans to do at these restaurants will be cleaning the toilets.

HakerA on September 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Why lobby for changes to Obamacare rather than outright repeal?

Charlemagne on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Maybe because they think if they tweak it just right it will work for sure, this time? I think a lot of people want the goods without the pain and they think there must be some way to fix the bill so it will work.
I’m still not sure how all of these exceptions and waivers are constitutional???

hopeful on September 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

How hard would it be to make a burger making machine? It doesn’t seem like much of a challenge.

Soon, the only thing left for humans to do at these restaurants will be cleaning the toilets.

HakerA on September 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I think they are already automated in McDonald’s. Maybe even in Burger King as well.

Frankly, I’m all for bathroom cleaning robots. That’s one job that definitely needs to be taken over by something that doesn’t care about what the mess is, but will get it cleaned.

LoganSix on September 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Shorter franchisers – “P-p-p-p-p-p-p-please exempt us. P-p-p-p-p-p-please don’t kill us.”

Steve Eggleston on September 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

More like draining the holding tank.

HumpBot Salvation on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

It’s actually “pumping the bilges”.

Steve Eggleston on September 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

“We have to pass it so that you can see what’s in it!”

Because we sure as hell don’t know. We never read it!

GarandFan on September 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

This doesn’t matter. The leftist spin machine is going to save the day for Obama.

Out: Unions who overwhelmingly support Democrats gave us the 40 hour work week.
In: Democrats and Obamacare gave us the 30 hour work week.

Democrats will end up making the populist pitch and attacking companies for workers not being able to make a “living wage” on 30 hours a week. Low information voters will eat it up.

The American Dream has been transformed into being paid more for less work.

weaselyone on September 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Mighty Ed raises Trollnir and claims another head.

CurtZHP on September 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Dr. Lauren Lewis:
“We have a situation here”

Kenzi:
“More like a shituation”

MichaelGabriel on September 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM