That's a common Republican criticism. Obamacare is encouraging employers to cut back on full time workers and increase part time staff to avoid paying employer health care costs.
Well there's now some evidence, only it doesn't support the Republican talking point. Instead, the latest jobs report before the health care law's insurance exchanges went online debunks that charge entirely.
That report, released Tuesday, shows (as many media outlets reported) that the number of full-time jobs rose while the number of part-time jobs fell, and this happened before the debut of Obamacare: 691,000 full-time jobs were added while 594,000 part-time jobs disappeared. This was the second straight month that part-time jobs fell.
This doesn't mesh with the Official Republican Narrative peddled (repeatedly) by TX Sen Ted Cruz, MI GOP Rep Mike Rogers, GOP Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo as recently as Sunday. (see accompanying video) Of course, it's quite likely the lawmakers may be more interested in gaining favor with conservative voters than with all voters (or what some might call the echo chamber).
The health care law is transforming the U.S. into a "part-time employment country"? Tuesday's jobs report is evidence this theory is not true, or at least indicates that there's no evidence to support the Republicans' claim.
Last July, investment banker Daniel Alpert noted in a piece for Business Insider (as others have also noted) that the growth of part-time jobs was occurring in sectors where most work was already part-time, but not in the sectors that have traditionally been full-time:
Anecdotal Obamacare-scare stories abound, but they seem pretty specious at best….There is no empirical evidence that hiring practices relate to concerns over benefits, and a heck of a lot of evidence that the people being hired for new jobs are earning less than workers already employed and that the jobs that a significant proportion of jobs being created are not full time because of the sectors they are in. If the Obamacare hiring meme were accurate, the tendency game the law would be to game the system by hiring people to work just under the 30 hour “full time” cut off under the act. But that does not appear to be the case either.
Bottom line, if Obamacare is ruining the economy because it's creating more part time jobs, why has that number gone down for two straight months prior to its debut? And why did full time jobs increase? Can opponents of the law offer any empirical evidence or will we get more anecdotes about hearing from "millions of Americans"?