Restaurant Owners Head To Washington To Plead For Obamacare Sanity

They can ask, but they won’t get it

(The Hill) 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.

Franchise owners say the employer mandate threatens to erase their narrow profit margins and are telling lawmakers they need to overhaul the law before it’s too late.

“Employees won’t have the hours they need, and they won’t get employer-sponsored healthcare, either,” said Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

“[Franchisees] are dealing with high commodity costs, high energy prices, higher taxes from the ‘fiscal-cliff’ deal, and now they are trying to work through ObamaCare,” he said.

What they’re asking for is that the regulations be changed so that only people who work 40 hours or more be considered full time employees. The even have a website,, to push for the changes. Of course, it was the Department of Health and Human Services that deemed 30 hours to be full time amongst their 20,000+ pages of regulations. And pro-Obamacare lawmakers will not vote to increase the full-time hours, because they want people dumped from their company insurance plans and moved to government backed plans.

Nor do Obamacare backers care that workers hours are being cut, which means their earnings are lower: it’s all about putting the government in charge of as many people’s healthcare as possible and moving towards a single payer system.

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2 Responses to “Restaurant Owners Head To Washington To Plead For Obamacare Sanity”

  1. Fully_Defund_My Gumballs says:

    Wait, so it’s ok for restaurants to have lobbyists, but not normal individual people?


    Also, yeah, who decided that 30 hours was full time? Hell, nowadays, 50-60 hours is normal full time hours.

    Also, you don’t have to be a large “franchise” company for ObamaCare to rip you. You only have to have 50 or more employees.

    The only way to fix this, IMHO, is to force a fight to fully repeal or defund ObamaCare. Delaying tactics will only reinforce the GOP leadership to cave one more year. Then next year it won’t happen due to the elections. That will cause more Republicans to not vote, which will lead to the GOP losing the house.

    If you can’t stand up to save your nation from Economic and HealthCare collapse now, then when?

  2. Gail Combs says:

    Expect small business owners to react by cutting employees back to 49. Many have already decide not to bother expanding their businesses because of the regulatory environment. Of course this is the TRUE reason for Obummercare. It keeps the great unwashed in their place so they can not challenge their betters.

    Also this story has it incorrect I think. If I recall correctly if you have 49 full time employees and ten 20 hour employees Obamacare calls that 54 employee equivalents. So that loop hole has already been closed. The other option is to hire all ‘Contract’ workers.

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