I’ve said it before, people and companies respond to stimuli. If something feels good, they do it – if it hurts, they avoid it.
It’s been hashed out in the comments on this blog before — contract attorneys in Washington are, by and large, liberals. Usually, very liberal. By this of course, we mean the old-school, early 1900s Progressives, not the classic, Thomas Jefferson liberals. We’re talking about the far leftists who changed their label from Progressive to Liberal when Progressive became a pejorative, then back to Progressive when Liberal became a pejorative and people had forgotten that Progressive used to be a pejorative.
Philosophy aside, it is important to realize that elections have consequences. One of the consequences of this election is that Obamacare is here to stay, at least for a while. It is too inherently unworkable to stay for long, but it isn’t going away in the next few years. Live with it.
Liberal contract attorneys might want to consider what “live with it” means. Under Obamacare, companies with 50 or more full-time employees either have to provide them with government-approved health insurance policies, or pay a per-employee fine. Further, the fine kicks in at the 31st employee, not the 51st, and it starts at $2,000 per year per employee. It goes up later. Companies, therefore, are discouraged from having full-time employees, or at least 50 or more of them. Hello, part-time employment. Think I’m fucking with you? Think again.
For the majority of smaller firms, this means that they will weigh the costs of full time versus part time employment. If they can avoid having to deal with the expense and complications of Obamacare by having less than 50 full time employees and working people less than 30 hours a week they will. They will have 49 managers and will split the work up among more part time workers who will 1) work fewer hours per week, 2) receive no benefits or health care and 3) by working part time, the individuals are guaranteed to have to work more than one job or accept a lesser lifestyle.
This opens the door for the federal government to step in and “fix” yet another problem that they created with more regulation, more control and yes, more disastrous results.