A bit of political humor from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
Per the Washington Post, Obama has once again — and once again unilaterally — delayed a major provision of Obamacare. The law’s employer mandate, already delayed by one year, was to kick in this coming January, requiring employers either to insure those working more than 30 hours per week or else to pay fines. Now this requirement will not apply to businesses with fewer than 100 employees until 2016.
Republicans have complained that this provision was simply an invitation to employers to stop hiring full-time or even to reduce hours. They might not be able to demonstrate causation absolutely, but it is true that nearly five years into the current recovery, the number of full-time jobs in the economy has never recovered from the 2007-2009 recession. It’s nearly 4 million less than it was when the recession began in December 2007, even though the total number of jobs (part- and full-time) has recovered. For some reason, since the jobs bottom in mid-2010, employers have figured out ways of substituting part-time workers for full-time ones. Wonder why?
The case of the missing full-time jobs has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt — but it’s at least a reasonable argument consistent with facts on the ground.
And here’s the real kicker: If there’s really nothing to worry about here — if, as the White House insists, the stories of hundreds of businesses and state and local governments shaving down hours and shifting people below 30 are just “anecdotal” — then why oh why do we keep delaying this thing until after the next election?
And finally, let me just go on the record here predicting that after the sign-up deadline of March 31, Obama will delay the individual mandate as well. Why not? It’s not actually a law, it’s just whatever he wants it to be.