ObamaCare to Cost Part-Time Workers Hours
Even as they benefit from premium support, Medicaid expansion
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Some part-timers will be punching in less.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Employers across America are dialing back hours for their part-time employees, as a presumably unintended side effect of the Affordable Care Act. The new health care law requires large and medium-sized employers (any with more than 50 full-time employees) to provide health insurance for part-timers who put in more than 30 hours a week. Rather than do that, many businesses are cutting hours, the LA Times reports. "It's the only way to survive economically," says the CEO of the California Retailers Association.

The city of Long Beach, for instance, says that if it didn't cut hours, benefits would cost it $2 million a year, prompting layoffs and other cuts. Of course, the news isn't all bad for part-time workers; many will qualify for the law's new federal premium subsidies, or fall under its Medicaid expansion. Still, the hour dip is frustrating. "It is surely not the intent of the law for employees to lose hours," says one Long Beach employee. "It's ridiculous the city is skirting the law."

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May 5, 2013 2:06 AM CDT
Next time someone read the bill to Obama before he stuffs it down our throat?
May 4, 2013 6:41 AM CDT
I have found a way for the low information american to earn a profit. If you steal a dollor worth of change from your mommys purse each week, in about 40 weeks you would have earned enough profits to buy a new pair of skinny jeans. If you steal a buck fifty a week you would earn more profits in less time. However, if you work harder and earn more profits from your mommys purse, thats unfair. You would have more then somebody else. Give it some time before you low information americans start a union, you have to establish your enterprise. It could be called the local low information mommys boys brotherhhod of america. As for a new skateboard, i would wish that for my birthday.
May 3, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
The people I know who are getting jobs now are either getting salaried jobs where they work ungodly hours or part-time jobs with less than 30 hours that are scrambled around constantly. It seems to me that this is only partially because of Obamacare and primarily because of an extreme lust for profits.