RUSH: Okay. The Obamacare Stack. First up, Forever 21. You ever heard of Forever 21? You know what it is? That's what it is. Forever 21 is a store. Forever 21 holds a special place in the hearts of young women who are afraid of me, 24-year-olds, you know, that age-group, who are easily scared by a confident and enormously successful talk show host. That would be me. Forever 21 is a shopping destination of young American women, and they like working there. It's a favorite place to work. Forever 21 sells clothes to women to make them feel young. That's what Forever 21 is all about.
There are two different stories on this today. The bottom line is that Forever 21 has converted every employee to part time because of Obamacare. "The predictions and fears of Obamacare's adversaries have begun to materialize." By the way, I'm reading this from a Millenial's website. Now, this is fascinating. It's an interesting study. Policymic.com is the website, and it's a Millennial's website. I was asked to write a commentary for this website some months ago, and I did.
Anyway, "The predictions and fears of the Affordable Care Act’s adversaries have begun to materialize, specifically fears that the law will encourage employers to demote their employees to part-time positions in order to evade federal health care requirements. Popular clothing company Forever 21 is the first of what might be many companies to limit its non-management workers’ hours to 29.5 a week, just below the 30-hour minimum that the ACA deems full-time work.
"Explaining that the company 'recently audited its staffing levels, staffing needs, and payroll in conjunction with reviewing its overall operating budget,' Associate Director of Human Resources Carla Macias informed employees that effective August 31, they will no longer be full-time employees of Forever 21. It is a move that will likely harm the reputation of the company, will absolutely harm the economic circumstances of its employees, and will function as a tangible example of the Affordable Care Act’s consequences and shortcomings."
Now, the second version of this story comes from KIRO 7 Eyeball TV news in Seattle. What they did, they went out and interviewed a bunch of young women, including some black women, and it's fascinating. I mean, it's the Limbaugh Theorem at work. No one, at least none of the women spoken to ever come close to blaming this on Obama, but they all think it's unfair. This is exactly, folks, what I've been talking about.
"Clothing retailer Forever 21 claims that it’s mere coincidence" that before Obamacare is implemented, it's cutting its employees' hours to 29 and a half, all of them. Everybody's gonna be part time at this place. And so therefore they're stopping providing health insurance, "which relieves it [the clothing company here] of the burden of providing mandatory 'platinum' insurance for its healthy young employees."
which relieves it, the clothing company here, of the burden of providing mandatory platinum insurance for its healthy young employees. When interviewed, some of the young customers -- and, by the way, the target demographic for this company is girls in their teenage years and early twenties. When interviewed, some of the young customers complained that what Forever 21 was doing isn't fair. It didn't seem to occur to them that they're doing it because of Obama.
Here you have it, folks, the Limbaugh Theorem. Here is a company downsizing every employee to part time, not providing them health insurance, and the company's getting the blame. By the way, which is exactly the way this was drawn up in Washington. This is exactly the way the Democrat Party drew this up. The health insurance company's gonna be the bad guys, companies that reduce full-time payroll, they're gonna be the bad guys. Obama escapes. Obamacare escapes. They're running around talking about how unfair it is, but the company is taking the hit for this. Classic, low-information voter impact here, classic. Limbaugh Theorem on parade, in all caps. They go interview some of these customers, some of the people that work there. "Oh, it's so unfair, we don't understand why the company would do this." They don't at all associate Obama or Obamacare with this.
When they are told that Forever 21 is making these changes because of the new health care law, "Well, that's not fair. That's not right." They blame it on the company. And apparently a sizeable percentage of the low-information population, even though it's called Obamacare, they just don't associate him with it. If something is bad or unfair, it can't be Obama's. That's just not who he is. Why, he's out there fighting for us. He's out there trying to get health care for all of us. Obama's the one trying to make our health care affordable, they think. Obama is the reason they're losing it, and they don't see it, at least as these stories are reported. So, when talking about this demographic, these young women, it is I, your lovable, harmless fuzzball host, who is the enemy, along with the company, Forever 21. Obama, he's out there trying. He's really working hard for 'em. He's doing what he can to change this. It's just so unfair. Folks, it's just amazing.
RUSH: By the way, I should mention that Forever 21 is claiming that it's not Obamacare making them do this. No, no, no. look, here you have a business downsizing if not all, most of its employees. The story I have says all of its employees, every one of them, is cut down to 29.5 hours, but there may be some disagreement on it. Whatever. Here's a company that is converting a vast majority of its people to part-timers, 29.5 hours, to escape Obamacare, and not even the company says that Obamacare's the reason.
Forever 21 is saying, "No, no, no. We're like all retailers. We staff our stores based on projected sales, and this is completely independent." They're scared to death. They are trying to stay in business by staying underneath the Obamacare radar, and then the story gets out that they're canceling or converting all their people to part time, and they say, "Oh, no, no. It has nothing to do with Obama. We love Obama, love Obama! This has nothing to do with Obama." They're scared to death, folks. They're scared to death. So they're out there saying that Obamacare has nothing to do with this, that even if there was no Obamacare, they'd be doing this because of projected sales or some such thing.