Freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), shown, began a marathon speech against funding President Obama's landmark legislation on healthcare at 2:41 p.m. September 24, as the U.S. Senate moves toward a vote later this week on a “continuing resolution” to keep the federal government funded through December 15. “I rise today in opposition to ObamaCare,” Cruz began his speech, which exceeded Rand Paul's 13-hour long filibuster earlier this year. “I intend to speak in support of defunding ObamaCare until I am no longer able to stand.”
The focus of Cruz's all-night speech was how many employers are refusing to hire new employees, or more often, employing only part-time workers. Since Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March 2010 near the depths of the “great recession,” the number of persons working part-time has remained steady, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as has the nation's record-low labor force participation rates. The labor force participation rate has been stuck in the 58-percent range since 2009, making this the weakest recovery in American history. Cruz stressed that many companies have either trimmed hours of full-time employees, or delayed hiring over the 50-person requirement that triggers the employer mandate under ObamaCare.
But ObamaCare has created some new jobs for people to help guide citizens through the vast new bureaucracy, according to the Washington Post, such as the 7,000-9,000 additional “raft of new jobs in call centers, IT companies and community organizations designed to help Americans understand the complex health law and navigate the new insurance marketplaces.”
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