Do Businessmen Lie?

francis-bacon-art pictureDo Businessmen Lie?

A poll of businessmen says they are hiring more part timers to avoid buy their workers health insurance. The data points in the opposite direction of what the businessmen’s poll says. Do businessmen let their politics get in way of the facts? Well, I think that’s likely but it’s obvious that something’s wrong. Either someone is lying or they are polling the wrong businessmen.

James Pilant

When It Comes to Obamacare, Businesses Don’t Do What They Say | Beat the Press

That would have been an appropriate headline for a Christian Science Monitor article on a poll of businesses sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The poll found:

\”Some 31 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses say they have already reduced worker hours because of the law.

\”About 27 percent of franchise businesses and 12 percent of non-franchise businesses have already replaced full-time workers with part-time employees because of the law.\”

Of course this is what the businesses say they are doing. However the data say the opposite. The data say that businesses have actually reduced somewhat the share of their workforce employed for less than 30 hours a week.

This is not the only case where the businesses answering this survey seem to be contradicting the data. The survey finds:

\”Some 41 percent of the non-franchise firms say they already see health-care costs rising because of the law.\”

By contrast, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the rate of increase in employer health insurance costs has slowed in recent years.

via When It Comes to Obamacare, Businesses Don’t Do What They Say | Beat the Press.

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