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ObamaCare Damage: Parent of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse to Limit Worker’s Hours


In the latest example of ObamaCare Damage, workers at select Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouses are seeing their hours cut to avoid the penalties under the big government health care law.  The Orlando Sentinel has more…

In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.

In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are “just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care reform will have on our business. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the health care regulations and we simply do not have enough information to make any decisions at this time.”

Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.

If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.

“I think a lot of those employers, especially restaurants, are just going to ensure nobody gets scheduled more than 30 hours a week,” said Matthew Snook, partner with human-resources consulting company Mercer.

Darden said its goal at the test restaurants is to keep employees at 28 hours a week.

This entire situation allows us to revisit some common sense ideas that the leftists or statists miss.

1.  Big government programs cause unintended (or not) consequences that eventually harms the people that the program was intended to help.

2.  If you increase the costs to a business, they will likely cut jobs, or hours.

3.  Instead of looking at what they have done to harm people, the leftists will blame it on someone else. For example, the Republicans, the Tea Party, capitalism, space aliens, and Bigfoot’s second cousin will be faulted for people’s suffering and losses.  But no matter what, the actual reasons will never be examined, and anyone who points it out will be personally smeared.

4.  Angry people on the hard left will propose that companies and small businesses be punished for staying in business.  Protests will be organized, women will be raped, property vandalized, drugs will be dealt, and murders will be committed.  And, when all of those are exposed, they will blame them on someone else (see number three).

In the end, this legislation, unless repealed, will harm people in a multitude of ways.  And no matter what, the proponents of ObamaCare with either deny the problems, or blame them on others.

  • But I thought you could keep your coverage if you liked it? These people are losing their healthcare and will be making less money while they are already struggling to get by. Of course this is working exactly as Obama had hoped it would because it will push more people to look at the government providing them with healthcare and eventually the 47% will become the 51%. And when that happens the battle is lost forever.