Don’t Believe The Hype: Obamacare Actually Helps Grow Jobs, Not Stifle Them
“Obamacare kills jobs!” naysayers screech. Affordable Care Act (ACA) cynics often point to Forever 21, which has already cut its employees’ hours, as an example of the horrors Obamacare may bring. But all the yapping about the detriments of Obamacare is just stifling the truth: “Despite claims to the contrary, Obamacare hasn’t constrained growth in hiring or work hours,” Marketplace reports.
Yes, that’s right. In fact, research has shown that many job sectors are showing growth under Obamacare. HR positions, for example, are seeing more job openings. If employers don’t correctly comply with the ACA, they can be fined up to $3,000 per worker. To avoid any costly blunders, they’re going to need workers to keep track of health expenses and employee hours.
“[Obamacare] adds new gravity to monitoring the amount of hours that people work, and being more diligent about awarding overtime hours, and making sure employees stay within additional limits,” said Michael Rynowecer, president of BTI Consulting.
Also under the ACA, hospitals can only use electronic methods to organize patient information. It’s going to be a complete pain in the you-know-what to transfer paper reports into digital data. As a result, more employers are looking for computer programmers to do all the dirty work. Engineers and techies are currently on the radar for hiring managers.
Along with tech workers, lawyers will be needed because—in all honesty—who the heck wants to read the complex mumbo jumbo that the ACA is comprised of? Ain’t nobody got time for that! “Everybody’s in sort of a muddle about it, so there is going to be an army of people at least in the short-term trying to figure out what people are supposed to be doing,” said Jon Osborne, from Staffing Industry Analysts. Employers are expected to spend $6 million, up from five percent in 2012, on attorneys to decipher Obamacare’s rules.
Customer service workers who will help the uninsured understand the complexities of the system they will soon be expected to purchase their insurance from are in demand. There are 8,000 job listings for medical billing coders. And, most obvious, healthcare is booming. Doctors, nursing assistants, fitness coaches, and occupational therapists all considered some of the fastest growing professions under the ACA.
With statistics emerging about growth, it’s mind-boggling how ACA detractors can condition a large population to believe invalidated claims. Okay, so Forever 21 is reducing full-time employees, but they’ve admitted that Obamacare had nothing to do with it. “Economists cannot seem to find any effect of the ACA on part-time work,” Media Matters said. So how is Obamacare a jobkiller again?