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Some Employers Say They Aren't Hiring Because Of Obamacare: Fed Beige Book

FILE - In this March 4, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Env
FILE - In this March 4, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Enveloped by political gridlock, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Republicans, hosting GOP senators for dinner at the White House Wednesday night and then visiting Capitol Hill next week for separate meetings with Senate and House Republicans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A report released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve says some employers are blaming Obamacare for layoffs and slow job growth.

In the Fed's latest Beige Book -- a periodic look at the health of the economy, based on the Fed's interviews with company executives and other sources -- the Dallas and Richmond Feds reported that companies in their districts say they've curbed hiring or plan to lay off workers because of President Obama's health care reform law.

"Employers in several Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff," the Beige Book said.

The presidents of the Dallas and Richmond Feds, however, are outspoken conservatives. They both oppose the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus measures and claim the Fed's intervention in the markets will backfire.

Several businesses, including Wendy's and Applebee's franchisees, have said that they are laying off workers, halting hiring or cutting workers' hours because of Obamacare. Starting in 2014, Obamacare will require all companies with at least 50 full-time workers to offer health insurance to employees working 30 hours or more per week.

(Hat tip: Business Insider.)

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