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  •  Problem is the law, not how people respond to it (1+ / 0-)
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    Pale Jenova

    ACA exempts companies from being required to pay for health insurance for part time workers.  So it is only to be expected that some businesses (especially those with narrow profit margins) will try to shift full time workers to part time where practical - this will even be done by businesses where the owners and managers supported Democrats.

    If health insurance were to cost $100 per week and the difference between part time and full time was 10 hours per week, the additional hours cost $10/hr  more than regular hours.  The pressure to switch to part time can be very high for employers that don't need to compete for employees.

    ACA needs to be reformed so the cost of health insurance is placed on part time workers at least on an hourly basis.  ACA is large and complex and we will see other aspects that need changes as well.  

    In the months ahead, the US Dept of Labor's monthly unemployment report will tell us to what extent there is a sudden rise in part time employment and weakening of full time employment.

    Meanwhile I would not attack those businesses that tell their customers that their prices are going up because of ACA - as these are the ones that are less likely to have switched from full time workers to part time.  The businesses that say nothing and don't raise their prices are the ones most likely to have switched to part time workers.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:50:08 AM PST

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    •  Not quite. Many of the same ones who are (2+ / 0-)
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      telling us they have to raise prices to pay for health insurance are also the same ones saying they're going to have to lay off employees or drop them to part time so as to avoid paying for their insurance.  

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 11:26:00 AM PST

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      •  Yes, some businesses will do a mix (0+ / 0-)

        of adding coverage to some employees, full time workers going to part time, and layoffs and price increases.

        The addition of high healthcare costs to businesses that did not have them will cause many businesses to change their staffing.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 12:07:49 PM PST

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