The implementation of Obamacare on the employer side was delayed for a year so that business could get up to steam and find ways to comply without doing too much damage to the bottom line or cutting the hours of too many full-time employees. Businesses, it seems, are using this breathing spell to lobby for fundamental change in the law, with franchise restaurant owners traveling to Washington and, as Kevin Bogardus of The Hill writes:
… telling lawmakers they need to overhaul the law before it’s too late.
There was a time, not so very long ago, when we lamented the way opportunity had declined for so many in a "burger flipping economy."
Now, it seems that, thanks to Obamacare, even that economy is at risk. As Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA), puts it:
“Employees won’t have the hours they need, and they won’t get employer-sponsored healthcare, either.”
One wonders if this argument will resonate with a Congress that does not desire to join the Obamacare universe.