In an ironic twist, the government’s planned call center to assist Americans with ObamaCare sign up questions will use loopholes in the law to avoid having to offer insurance coverage to the employees working there.
According to a report by the Contra Costa Times, the city of Concord, California (in Contra Costa County, east of Oakland) was named as the location of a statewide call center to answer questions from people wishing to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The center, which opens in September, was poised to bring what city leaders thought would be 200 good-paying jobs to the community. Over 7,000 people applied for a job there.
However, the call center has announced that half of the jobs will only be part-time postions, and offer no health care benefits to part-timers. It is a stinging revelation to those who were hired, believing they would have full-time jobs and insurance. Contra Costa County Commissioner Karen Mitchoff said “The battle for the call center was over jobs with good working wages and benefits; I never dreamed they would be part-time,” she said.
One worker at the call center, who spoke to the Contra Costa Times on the condition of anonymity, said some workers regret applying for work there, and feel they have been used as political pawns. “What’s really ironic is working for a call center and trying to help people get health care, but we can’t afford it ourselves,” said the worker.
Employees who work part-time do not have to be offered insurance coverage through ObamaCare or any other provider. Workers were told they could purchase insurance out of their own pocket, with plan costs ranging from $600 to $1,200 a month for a single worker and between $1,400 to $2,900 a month for a family plan. Employees working part-time will only be paid between $15.33 to $18.63 an hour.
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