Business groups cheer passage of ObamaCare workweek bill

A chorus of business groups is cheering the passage of a House bill that strikes at the ObamaCare mandate that all employers provide insurance to their workers.

The bill, which raised the threshold of a full time work week under the healthcare law, had been pushed by a broad coalition of groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation.

The groups, which organized the “More Time for Full Time” campaign, released a statement Thursday praising the vote and urging the Senate to “swiftly” pass the bill.

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The legislation is the GOP’s first chance to deliver an anti-ObamaCare bill to the president’s desk, though the White House has threatened to veto the bill.

The National Restaurant Association, representing hundreds of businesses nationwide, praised the bill for giving its members breathing room as its looks to comply with ObamaCare’s employer mandate.

“The restaurant industry is attractive for millions of Americans looking for flexibility and a career to suit personal needs,” the group wrote in a release, adding that the industry “relies on large numbers of part-time and seasonal workers with unpredictable hours and lengths of service.”

Retail groups, such as the Retail Industry Leaders Association, also said the bill would help maintain flexibility for small businesses.

“Retailers have voluntarily offered healthcare coverage to their employees and their families for decades and restoring the historic 40-hour work week threshold is critical to allowing them to continue to offer this coverage,” said Christine Pollack, the group’s vice president of government affairs.

Steve Caldeira, head of the International Franchise Association, called the bill a “win-win” for both businesses and workers, stressing that the measure will allow businesses to be more flexible as they provide insurance options for workers.

All but 12 Democrats voted against the bill, which has also been opposed by groups such as the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the National Education Association and the National Women’s Law Center.

All House Republicans voted in favor of the bill.