ObamaCare Creating a Part-Time Economy

Posted by Nick Marcelli on

It's becoming increasingly clear that ObamaCare is creating a part-time economy for people who work for businesses struggling to cope with the law's burdensome mandates. According to the Washington Post, ObamaCare is hitting Virginia head-on:

For Kevin Pace, the president’s health-care law could have meant better health insurance. Instead, it produced a pay cut.

Like many of his colleagues, the adjunct music professor at Northern Virginia Community College had managed to assemble a hefty courseload, despite his official status as a part-time employee. But his employer, the state, slashed his hours this spring to avoid a Jan. 1 requirement that all full-time workers be offered health insurance. The law defines “full time” as 30 hours a week or more.

“We work so hard for so little pay,” he said. “You would think they would want to make an investment in society, pay the teachers back and give us health care.”

Earlier this month, the Obama administration delayed the employer insurance requirement until January 2015. But the state of Virginia, like some other employers around the country that capped part-timers’ hours in anticipation of the initial deadline, has no plans to abandon its new 29-hour-a-week limit.

The impact on Pace and thousands of other workers in Virginia is an unintended consequence of the health law, which, as the most sweeping social program in decades, is beginning to reshape aspects of American life.

Under the law, companies with 50 or more workers will be required to provide health insurance to all their full-time employees, or face significant fines.

While a one-year delay of ObamaCare's mandates is welcome news that the administration admits the law is unworkable, a permanent delay from ObamaCare's mandates is needed to stop its negative economic effects once and for all.





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