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Last week, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2575, the Save the Workers Act.
This piece of legislation repeals the 30-hour definition of full time employment found in the Affordable Care Act and replaces it with a 40-hour description. Congressman Wilson is an original cosponsor of this bill.
“Obamacare is failing families, destroying jobs, and preventing economic growth,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “The President has made many promises that have not been fulfilled.”
“Millions of Americans have and will continue to receive smaller paychecks and reduced working hours because of Obamacare’s harmful restrictions. I’ve heard from countless constituents – single mothers struggling to feed their children, college students striving to pay their way through school, and seniors hoping to make ends meet – who plead with Congress to provide relief.
“It is very sad that the people who need our help the most are the ones who are falling victim to the President’s signature healthcare takeover law. By redefining the definition of ‘full time employment,’ House Republicans are helping to increase wages and opportunities by reducing the government’s footprint in their daily lives.”
“Obamacare is the saddest example of a big government failure. The American people have lost their healthcare plans, access to their most-trusted doctors, and been forced to pay significant premium increases for poorer coverage and higher deductibles.
“On top of all these broken promises, it is tragic for American families that the President’s signature healthcare law will also destroy jobs. Everyday real constituents living in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District reach out to me expressing frustration with this broken law. Jennifer, a true small business owner from Lexington writes, “Keep trying to repeal Obamacare at all costs… The employer mandate will cause my business to move full time employees to part time.” Dozens of actual people express these same sentiments and plead with Congress to provide relief.
“The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) was correct that Obamacare will destroy 1.6 million jobs. Obamacare’s 30-hour workweek rule is lowering wages for a significant portion of hardworking Americans, the very ones the President claims to champion. On behalf of the millions of Americans who are receiving smaller paychecks and having to work multiple jobs, I urge my colleagues to support this bill and provide greater economic security and opportunity for those who need it the most.”