The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that employers provide health insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty. This provision protects full-time workers against employers who seek to game the system by reducing their hours to avoid having to provide them with healthcare.
The ad, part of a $20,000 effort in support of Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), urges viewers to thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 2575, a bill that would amend the Obamacare employer mandate to only require insurance for those working 40 hours a week. The ad claims:
NARRATOR: The 40-hour work week has always been the lifeblood of the American middle class: the dignity of a full-time job that puts food on the table and pays the bills. But now our jobs and wages are threatened because Obamacare redefines a full-time job as just 30 hours a week. That’s why Larry Bucshon is co-sponsoring the Save American Workers Act. It restores the traditional 40-hour work week so you can keep providing for your family.
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Crossroads makes no mention of the stagnant wages for those doing the work that earns huge profits for corporations, instead attempting to scare workers into thinking that the law somehow reduces the number of hours in a week. In fact, a July analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research found that very few employers have actually reduced workers hours because of Obamacare.