Businesses say they'll be forced to hire fewer people or cut employee hours to avoid having to offer insurance coverage to workers under the new health care law.
But an economist says there's too much misinformation circulating about the law and that there's no data to support claims that companies have already been cutting workers' hours.
The comments were made Wednesday at a House hearing looking into the part of the law that requires companies with 50 workers or more to offer an affordable insurance plan to those working an average of 30 hours a week in any month.
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Businesses that don't comply have to pay a penalty. Opponents of the law have predicted companies will scale back hiring instead. They say some companies have already started to cut back.
That coverage mandate for businesses was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, 2014, but the Obama administration unexpectedly delayed it a year to address employer complaints.
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