SALEM, Ore., Jan. 7, 2015—Oregon’s congressional delegation was encouraged today to support a bipartisan bill that would make a huge corrective change in Obamacare, when it comes up for a vote tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 30 would clarify the work week as 40 hours, not the 30 hours currently in the federal health-care law known popularly as Obamacare. “The 30-hour full-time definition is already resulting in less opportunities, fewer hours and lower incomes for employees,” said Jan Meekcoms, Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association.
“Once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was finally revealed to the public and Congress itself, NFIB was one of the first associations to sound the alarm on the inevitable consequences of a 30-hour work week, and none of the consequences included health-care coverage for workers without it. The consequences are loss of jobs, loss of hours, loss of pay, and loss of employment opportunities
“Small businesses are being forced to shrink their workforce below, and restrict workforce growth above, the 50-employee threshold in preparation for the costly mandate. Passage of H.R. 30 would bring badly needed relief to a huge headache. I would hope our entire congressional delegation lend its unanimous support for H.R. 30’s swift passage.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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