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Express Employment: ‘Business is Booming’ due to the Affordable Health Care Act

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some smaller companies say Obamacare is bad for business, because they can't afford to give workers mandated health insurance.

But one staffing company says the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made their business boom.

Officials at Express Employment Professionals say the number of workers on their payroll is now at an all-time high.

Approximately 20,000 Oklahomans are with a staffing agency.

Express says some have been let go, or reduced to part-time status, so that companies can avoid providing health coverage.

Automatic Data Processing says 28 percent of firms would keep part-time employees below the 30 hour per week threshold that triggers the law's insurance mandate.

But Express says most of their increased payroll is due to companies not understanding Obamacare requirements, and they want Express to handle it - serving as an outsourced human resources department.

"No one really knows how to comply with it quite yet, because it is rolling out in phases," VP of Franchising David Lewis said Tuesday. "Heck, I would call it the 'American Confusion Act,' not the Affordable Care Act."

Democratic State Rep. Joe Dorman (Rush Springs) said he's heard of employees being let go, or switched to part time, because of companies avoiding Obamacare requirements.

On the phone Tuesday, Dorman said, "Because the governor refused to take the medicaid expansion dollars, that's going to put these individuals in harm's way. They're not going to be able to get the assistance that would have been provided under that program for their insurance supplement."