U.S. Chamber and Harris Interactive teamed up to lie to public about Obamacare in a recent survey. Read the story from The Washington Post below that exposes the fraud.
–The survey was not a traditional random survey of businesses. Instead it was an opt in of 499 U.S. Chamber members (think big businesses that hate Obamacare) and 805 non-U.S. Chamber members considered to be small businesses by Harris Interactive. But since this group was not random and we don’t know what list they were drawn from, they could have all been from the National Federation of Independent Business (the NFIB is another Obamacare-hater group).
–The U.S. Chamber released the results of this poll like this: “Despite the Administration’s delay of the employer mandate by a year, small businesses expect the requirement to negatively impact their employees. 27% say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees, 24% will reduce hiring, and 23% plan to replace full time employees (30 hours per week or more) with part-time workers to avoid triggering the mandate.”
–The U.S. Chamber wanted the public to believe that 74% of small business owners will be cutting employee hours or not hiring because of Obamacare. Here is a tweet from Speaker of the House John Boehner, “Study: ‘74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #Obamacare.’”
–Close analysis of the survey and the results actually show something quite different. The actual number of “small business” owners or executives in the survey saying that they might reduce employee hours or not hire was only 4.5 to 8.5 percent.
July 31, 2013
A misleading ‘Obamacare’ poll, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce and Harris Interactive