Thursday, June 11, 2015

On Health Care Reform, Nothing to Fear but the Scaremongers

By Teresa Tritch, NYT
June 11, 2015 11:50 am

A linchpin of the Affordable Care Act is that large employers must either provide health coverage for employees who work at least 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty.

As with every other part of the law, Republican opponents concocted a scare story around that provision, saying that employers would cut workers’ hours in order to avoid the law’s requirements.

As with other health-care scare stories, facts have trumped the scaremongering.

Each month, the Labor Department measures the number of part-time workers. It also measures whether the part-timers are “involuntary,” defined as those who would prefer full-time work if they could get it, or “voluntary,” defined as those who work part time because they want to.

(More here.)


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