July 18, 2013

O’Malley’s State Suffering Employee Hour Cuts Because of ObamaCare

WMDT news in Maryland reports that the ObamaCare employer mandate is leading to workers having their hours cut: 

It appears large employers are struggling to adapt to the provisions of Obamacare, and frustration is building as reality sets in.

“One piece of legislation that has made changes already – employers cutting employee hours,” licensed insurance consultant Chris Keen of Keen Insurance Associates said. 

By 2015, employers with at least 50 full-time, 30-hour employees will be required to provide health insurance or pay a hefty $3,000 fine for each uninsured employee. Insurance experts worry it could create some friction between the employer and employee. 

“We’ve seen employers starting to cut down hours to 28, 25 hours such that they will not be subject to penalty for that employee,” Keen said.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley hailed the passage of Obamacare:

“Under President Obama’s leadership, finally, we will begin to control the rising cost of healthcare in America, improve the ability of all Americans to take their children to a doctor, and put the American people back in control of their healthcare decisions.