Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law

Nov 2010
San Diego...ish
WASHINGTON — Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.

The cuts to public sector employment, which has failed to rebound since the recession, could serve as a powerful political weapon for Republican critics of the health care law, who claim that it is creating a drain on the economy.

President Obama has twice delayed enforcement of the health care law’s employer mandate, which would subject larger employers to tax penalties if they do not offer insurance coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week, on average. But many public employers have already adopted policies, laws or regulations to make sure workers stay under that threshold.

Even after the administration said this month that it would ease coverage requirements for larger employers, public employers generally said they were keeping the restrictions on work hours because their obligation to provide health insurance, starting in 2015, would be based on hours worked by employees this year. Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.

When do we cut our loses and get rid of this horrible law. Democrats are distancing themselves from it, this obviously has an effect on the economy, and it is hurting millions of people. I think it is time to come up with a better plan and put this one to rest.


Former Staff
Nov 2006
So when are republicans going to come up with a better plan? Hell, this plan was the republican plan
Its gonna be kind of hard for you to put 'Obamacare' on Republicans.

I do think a better plan has to be come up with, I am not so sure why the left insists that falls on the right?

Are you saying this is the best that Democrats have and we are just going to roll with it? No sense in even trying to change it, because Republicans haven't stepped up?

I don't really suggest they roll with that one come the next election cycle either.
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