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300+ Franchise Owners Seek Relief From O-Care

From The Hill:

Franchise owners come to Washington to plead for ObamaCare relief

By Kevin Bogardus | September 17, 2013

Franchise restaurant owners have come to Washington seeking a change to ObamaCare that they say could prevent them from having to cut their employees’ hours…

Franchise owners say the employer mandate threatens to erase their narrow profit margins and are telling lawmakers they need to overhaul the law before it’s too late.

“Employees won’t have the hours they need, and they won’t get employer-sponsored healthcare, either,” said Steve Caldeira, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

“[Franchisees] are dealing with high commodity costs, high energy prices, higher taxes from the ‘fiscal-cliff’ deal, and now they are trying to work through ObamaCare,” he said.

And they don’t even mention the threat of an increase of the minimum wage and unionization. Still, what do these people about running a business? Have any of them ever been a (failed) community organizer? Have any of them gone to Harvard Law School?

More than 300 members of the franchise association are making the rounds on Capitol Hill to lobby for the ObamaCare changes. Monday’s visitors included IFA members from Mr. Rooter, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts.

Their top priority is a trio of bills that would increase the law’s definition of full-time employee to 40 hours per week. Members of the IFA have been instructed to ask lawmakers whether they will co-sponsor legislation “to give employers and employees relief from burdensome employer regulations?”

Bills supported by the IFA include the Save American Workers Act, sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), and the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, offered in the House by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and in the Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

The franchise trade group has also launched a website, 40hoursisfulltime.com, to encourage visitors to lobby their lawmakers on the full-time threshold…

If only the low information voters would realize what Obama-Care will do to the price of a Big Mac.

What is not winning business backing is the movement to defund ObamaCare. Several K Streeters told The Hill that ObamaCare is the law of the land and that they are working to change it, not end it.

“We didn’t support the bill, but the bill became law. So our  job now is to mitigate the most costly, burdensome and onerous aspects of the law for our members,” said Caldeira with the IFA.

“Some members of Congress have talked about defunding ObamaCare. I’m not going to get drawn into that political debate. It’s the law. My job now is to help my members and get a fix.” …

Once upon a time the Defense Of Marriage Act was the law, too. So were our immigration laws. But , apparently, laws are only sacrosanct when the left says they are.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “300+ Franchise Owners Seek Relief From O-Care”

  1. Waivers .. if you join the Party, comrade.




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