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August 19, 2013 - 7:47 am

Ah, youth.

The predictions and fears of the Affordable Care Act’s adversaries have begun to materialize, specifically fears that the law will encourage employers to demote their employees to part-time positions in order to evade federal health care requirements. Popular clothing company Forever 21 is the first of what might be many companies to limit its non-management workers’ hours to 29.5 a week, just below the 30-hour minimum that the ACA deems full-time work.

Explaining that the company “recently audited its staffing levels, staffing needs, and payroll in conjunction with reviewing its overall operating budget,” Associate Director of Human Resources Carla Macias informed employees that effective August 31, they will no longer be full-time employees of Forever 21.

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It is a move that will likely harm the reputation of the company, will absolutely harm the economic circumstances of its employees, and will function as a tangible example of the Affordable Care Act’s consequences and shortcomings.

If nothing else, this should teach some of Obama’s young supporters that nothing in life is free. Well, for the most part. Unfortunately many of them will just blame “corporate America” and insist on more government power. Learning is hard.

A true-blue liberal’s response is likely to be some variation on “Forever 21 is just doing it wrong!” The government is never the one that’s doing it wrong.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I work for a large metropolitan school district. Non-contract employees -- basically non-teacher/administrators -- are being limited to 27.5 hours per week. I guess our district is afraid to even get close to the line. Given the Obama administrations' propensity for selective targeting in persecutions, I don't blame the district one bit. But I would like to work more. I know I'm an oddity, but I WANT to work. Thanks Obama!
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Not sure I'm right on this but won't this mean Forever21 and other companies cutting back will have to hire more people at part time to cover the hours lost from cutting back on full time workers? Since Obama is counting part time employment against his unemployment figures, won't this still make him look good?
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