Louisiana Business Says It's Cutting Worker Hours Because of Obamacare
Louisiana businessman William Heroman, Jr. may soon get a heated call from the Internal Revenue Service. Tuesday reports emerged that Obamacare includes a provision requiring business leaders to swear to the IRS, under penalty of perjury, that they are not laying workers off or reducing their hours because of Obamacare's mandates.
Baton Rouge's WBRZ-TV reports that Mr. Heroman, CEO of Billy Heroman's Flowers, says that Obamacare is forcing him to reduce the hours of some of his workers.
Heroman tells WBRZ that he wants to continue insuring his workers, but is looking closely at his options. He notes that the Obamacare fines are cheaper than the plans available under the law. He says he is hiring more part-time workers and keeping their hours below Obamacare's 30-hour threshold, at which point businesses are forced to provide healthcare. Heroman says that he hates making that choice, but the president's health law is forcing his hand.
Heroman adds that he fears many workers will be forced to take second jobs because of Obamacare, and that those jobs also will not come with health insurance.