Curse you and your facts, statistics, and rational analysis.<quoted text>Ah yes, in the real world, service sector employers have been keeping employee hours below a "full-time" employment threshold for at least the last 13-years.
Why would employers do such a thing?
To keep their labor costs low. See if an employee's hours rise into full-time territory then the employee becomes eligible for the same benefits that full-tume employees are offerd by the same employer.
Where was the concern for the worker before Obamacare could be blamed?
In your example, you relate the following:
"The manager apologized that they were being forced to cut employees hours, and in addition were prohibited from hiring additional ones."
This doesn't make any sense, if the business is understaffed then cutting existing employee hours will force the employer to hire more workers just to cover the hours that the business is open (has the business announced a reduction in hours they are open ?). Since the threshold is 29-hours per week this is the maximum an employee can work and not be the responsiobility of the employer for their health insurance.
What I'm wondering is, if the employer is forced to cut hours and stop any new hires is the owner filling the gap, I doubt it.
More nonsense from your post:
"And further, these low wage folks, from the start, are being forced to take on a double load and additional duties, for the same and in some cases reduced pay, with no assurances the employer will continue to carry their health insurance, where by they will be forced into the exchanges, that arenÂ’t working, but impose exorbitant premiums, and excessive deductibles."
If the employee is currently working less than 29-hours a week for any given employer then that employee is going to be getting their health insurance thru the Exchange, and more than likely be eligible for substanial subsidies.
And further, these part-time employees never qualified for emplyoer based health insurance anyway.
We freeloading deadbeats look for any excuse not to Man Up and buy medical insurance like real gown-ups.