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Thousands of Florida Jobs Cut Back Due to Obamacare

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Florida employers cut back working hours for thousands of jobs in the state this past year due to the Affordable Care Act, employment records show. The findings, reported by Investor’s Business Daily, show Obamacare is stifling job opportunities in the state, in addition to raising health insurance premiums.

Investor’s Business Daily documented that more than 300 employers nationwide, including 11 major Florida employers, cut back employee hours during the past year in response to costly insurance mandates under Obamacare. Affected employees will now take home less pay or they will have to work an additional job to compensate for their loss of work due to Obamacare.

The Buca di Beppo chain of Italian restaurants, for example, cut back 400 part-time Florida jobs as a direct result of Obamacare.  Palm Beach State College cut back 100 part-time jobs and placed additional restrictions on 895 adjunct positions. A half-dozen other Florida colleges similarly cut back employee positions as a result of Obamacare.

For many Florida employers, Investor’s Business Daily could not ascertain the precise number of employees impacted by the hours reductions. Nevertheless, the number of impacted employees is clearly substantial.

Florida’s iconic Bealls Department Stores, headquartered in Bradenton, restricted part-time hours throughout the company. In addition to the company’s headquarters, Bealls operates more than 500 stores.

SeaWorld Entertainment, which operates five major theme parks in Florida, cut back the maximum number of hours its part-time employees can work each week. SeaWorld’s cutbacks will be felt especially painfully in Orlando and Tampa, which are home to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa.

Even local governments are cutting back on employee hours. The City of Boca Raton, for example, placed a 25-hour-per-week maximum on its part-time employees. Notably, Boca Raton is a Democratic stronghold, yet even in this Democratic stronghold city officials feel the need to impose employment restrictions due to the high employer costs associated with Obamacare.

Obamacare is taking a toll on Floridians beyond mere job cutbacks. As CNN reported this summer, healthcare premiums in Florida will rise an average of 35 percent due to Obamacare.

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