Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work.
The decisions to cut employee hours come 16 months before employers — including state and local governments — will be required to offer health-care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry that employees who work at least 30 hours in the months leading up to the January 2015 implementation date would need to be included in their health-care plans.
Via Hot Air. This is particularly ironic, given that the public sector has been fertile ground for Democratic votes for the past few generations: but then, this administration is absolutely notorious when it comes to betraying its most loyal allies and client groups. But, rest assured: surely the executive branch recognizes by now the issue here faced by local, county, and state governments, and are prepared to address said governments’ stated conce…
In a statement provided to GovBeat, White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman Jason Furman said there is no evidence that the Affordable Care Act is prompting employers to add part-time rather than full-time positions.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: There is a phrase that the Left uses called ‘voting your class interest.’ I suggest that those members of the public sector that believe in such things start thinking about the implications of the administration’s current assault on their health care…