November 15, 2013
That would have been an appropriate headline for a Christian Science Monitor article on a poll of businesses sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The poll found:
“Some 31 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses say they have already reduced worker hours because of the law.
“About 27 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses have already replaced full-time workers with part-time employees because of the law.”
Of course this is what the businesses say they are doing. However the data say the opposite. The data say that businesses have actually reduced somewhat the share of their workforce employed for less than 30 hours a week.
This is not the only case where the businesses answering this survey seem to be contradicting the data. The survey finds:
“Some 41 percent of the non-franchise firms say they already see health-care costs rising because of the law.”
By contrast, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the rate of increase in employer health insurance costs has slowed in recent years.
Note: typo corrected, thanks Mark.