White House: Obamacare Is Not Reducing Full-Time Employment

July 16, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Jay Carney

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the suggestion that Obamacare is reducing full-time employment is “belied by the facts.”

After reports that businesses are shifting to employ more part-time workers in light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Carney was asked if the White House is considering making changes to the requirement that employers with more than 50 employees must provide full-time workers with health insurance. A full-time worker is defined as a person working at least 30 hours per week.

“Well, I would say broadly that if you look at the economic data, the suggestion that the ACA is reducing full-time employment is belied by the facts,” Carney said. 

“So, what the ACA allows is the opportunity for individuals who could not prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act afford insurance, to get insurance,” he said. “And it provides subsidies for those who need help in affording it and it assists businesses in that effort so that they can provide insurance to their employees.

“And again, the broader data here does not reflect that assertion,” Carney said. “You know, I don’t have a specific response to the story you’re citing, but I think the data is very clear on this.”

When asked further if the administration would consider changing the 30-hour limit, Carney said he could not respond to a “specific story.”

“Again, I don’t have a response to your specific story here, what I can say is the data reflects that there is not, there is not support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act,” he said.

Part-time jobs increased by 360,000 in June, to an all-time high of 28,059,000. For the entire year, 130,000 full-time jobs have been added, compared to 557,000 part-time jobs.