Obamacare Already 'Hurting Jobs and Paychecks,' Republican Senator Says

May 3, 2013 - 5:45 AM

Sen. John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.), John Barrasso

Sen. John Barrasso speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference on Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - The Democrats' health care law is "hurting jobs, it's hurting care, and it's hurting Americans' paychecks," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Thursday.

Barrasso called Obamacare "an anchor around the neck of the economy," and he says its effects soon will be reflected in the monthly unemployment numbers.

"We have 20 million Americans who are out of work, are unemployed or underemployed. Millions more have given up looking for work, and it's because of the impact of this health care law," Barrasso said.

Part of the problem is full-time workers: If a company has more than 50, it must pay for "Washington-mandated, one-size-fits all health insurance, which is very expensive. So businesses are not hiring," Barrasso said. "They're keeping their numbers under 50.

"The other thing that has happened at a number of these bars, restaurants and fast-food places is in terms of total number of hours. You're considered a part-time employee if you're under 30 hours. So, even the city of Long Beach, California, just came out and said for our 1,600 part-time employees, we're going to get your numbers down below 30 hours, because if you're above 30, then you have to be considered a full-time employee."

The 2,000-page law, which passed without a single Republican vote, will take full effect in 2014. Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is writing all the rules and regulations.

"We printed them off," Barrasso said. "There are 20,000 pages now of rules and regulations. It`s a red tape tower that is over seven feet tall...And they have missed deadline after deadline."

Writing in the May 2 "Investors Business Daily," Barrasso said: "The economy can't grow until we get Americans back to work. People can't get back to work if there aren't more jobs. Employers aren't hiring because of the health care law."

He is urging Congress to "repeal the president's disastrous law."