First, President Obama delays implementation of the 30-hour rule.
Then Senator Collins proposes a change to the PPACA to redefine full-time work week back to forty hours per week.
Susan Collins wants to change definition of full-time worker under Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins is pushing a bill that would raise the Affordable Care Act definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to 40 hours. This would align the definition with other federal rules on the length of a work week.
Now, the unions have weighed in to effectively endorse this bipartisan initiative.
The roll out of President Obama’s health care reform package was always going to be tricky, with vehement opposition from his political opponents and pushback from employers large and small. But after announcing last week that penalties for companies failing to comply with the law will be delayed by a year, the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions.
Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi:
When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.
Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.
Now this vision has come back to haunt us.
The legacy of full-time employment at forty hours per week has served the middle class well. Reducing to thirty hours has dire consequences. An employer is faced with several choices.
1. Hire three employees @ 40 hours per week.
2. Hire four employees @ 30 hours per week.
3. Hire five employees @ 24 hours per week.
Options 1 & 2 include mandatory medical/Rx insurance or pay a penalty.
Option 3 does not require mandatory medical/Rx nor pay a penalty.
His provision of the PPACA is a fatal flaw.
Support correction now, before it is too late.