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Bryan Preston


February 20, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Obamacare is costing hours and jobs. It says so right there in the New York Times.

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.

They claim it, because it is. You just said so, New York Times. Dontcha read your own stuff?

Apparently all these government entities are just doing it wrong. It can’t be Obamacare’s fault.

Mark D. Benigni, the superintendent of schools in Meriden, Conn., and a board member of the American Association of School Administrators, said in an interview that the new health care law was having “unintended consequences for school systems across the nation.”

How do you know that they’re “unintended”?

Let’s hop through the story.

In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said.

Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.

It’s charming, now the NYT inserts the party affiliation here and there to suggest that that’s what’s driving the cuts — not the law that the Democrats pushed through.

Now let’s try our best not to gloat, as unions that supported Obamacare find out what’s in it.

William J. Lipkin, an adjunct professor of American history and political science at Union County College in Cranford, N.J., said: “The Affordable Care Act, rather than making health care affordable for adjunct faculty members, is making it more unaffordable. Colleges are not giving us access to health care, and our hours are being cut, which means our income is being cut. We are losing on both ends.”

The American Federation of Teachers lists on its website three dozen public colleges and universities in 15 states that it says have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty members to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.

Clearly, they’re just all doing it wrong. Obamacare was supposed to usher in a time of plenty, when the doctor would lay down with the insurance adjuster, they would beat skyrocketing deductibles into manageable payment plans, and all was to be right with the fully insured world.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Hawaii has pre-paid health care for employees who are not part-time. The cutoff is 20 hours. For many govt part-time employees and perhaps for many private employers, they can work 19.5 hours. I think private employers are probably more flexible and not so strict since they actually have a bottom line and extra employees can mean extra trouble.
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seems to be more and more racists every day
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Unintended consequences? Perhaps, but not unforeseen. Ask any Tea Partier. You can not expect prople to buy anything when both the costs and the benefits are hidden It’s of doubtful utility to talk of demand divorced from the question of price.
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"They're just doing it wrong." But there's no way to "do it" right in this case. This kind of meddling always leads to this kind of results, as we cynics were saying five years ago.
My chief objection to DemBamaCare has always been that it is anti-liberty, that it's a nanny-bully concept and program. That's still my chief objection. We also expected the practical operation of DemBamaCare to be terrible, and so it turns out.
From American Werewolf In London:
"I suppose you're going to say 'I told you so.'"
"If I were alive, I probably would. But I did tell you so."
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