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House members introduce repeal of Obamacare’s 30-hour work week

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An Obamacare regulation that defines full-time work as 30 hours per week would be nullified under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives with more than 120 sponsors.

Employers across the country have said they will reduce employees' schedules to 29 hours because of the Obamacare regulation that is intended to force companies to offer health insurance to more of their workers.

“For hourly workers, though, one thing is already clear: Americans are seeing their hours cut and their paychecks reduced as a result of the employer mandate, a centerpiece of the law,” Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., said in introducing the bill on Friday.

“Repealing this redefinition [of full-time employment] and restoring it to the historical norm ensures this bill not only protects working poor and middle class employees, it also ensures that laws governing employment are consistent.”

The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reported in September that the Department of Health and Human Services required 18 pages to sketch out the rule defining a full-time employee, for purposes of the mandate.

“The IRS rule is key because companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined,” Bedard explained at the time. “Business groups have been warning that small companies might try to replace full-time workers with part-time help to avoid being forced to offer health insurance in 2014, but the 30-hour full-time definition is likely to undermine those plans.”

Young introduced the Save American Workers Act with Reps. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Pete Olson, R-Texas, as original co-sponsors. The bill has 113 cosponsors.

“For all of the parents being forced to find extra jobs to make ends meet, and consequently losing the precious time they’d otherwise be spending with their families, the Affordable Care Act is proving quite unaffordable and terribly uncaring,” Kelly said in his statement. “The Save American Workers Act would help the unintended victims of the president’s law.”

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