More disturbing facts about actual enactment of the Affordable Care Act are coming out almost daily.
Now it has been revealed that many part-time workers will be denied loss of pay and denial of access to employer-sponsored healthcare insurance. The law stipulates that large employers offering health insurance must include workers (part-time) employed over 30 hours a week.
This has naturally provoked businesses to avoid the part-time 30-hour-a-week workers altogether. That way they can avoid the health care costs for such an arbitrary worker.
Is anyone surprised or blame the employer?
There are an estimated 2.3 million workers throughout the country of either having their hours cut back or left jobless altogether according to research by the University of California-Berkeley cited by the Los Angeles Times.
The hardest hit by Obamacare will be large retail and restaurant chains that already are cutting back many of their employee’s hours. Even colleges are reducing part-time professor’s hours.
Obamacare in its own way is raising unemployment or at the very least lowering many American’s quality of life.
The average annual premium for employee coverage was $6,540 in California last year, and family coverage was more than $16,000 a year. Across the country, employee-only coverage cost $5,615 last year, and family coverage cost $15,745, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.
The one good part of this growing crisis is the fact that lower income Americans are qualified for more government assistance, which then is the working taxpayer’s bill. They also qualify for discounted premiums on any health insurance they purchase.
The vicious circle screams out for refinement of the law before it is enacted January 1. In the meantime, expect more employers to pay the $2,000 penalty for each dropped worker – with a smile on their face.
It’s cheaper because of Obamacare than keeping them on.
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