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  •  This is a huge flaw in Obamacare. (2+ / 0-)
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    shigeru, splashoil

    Some employers will reduce hours to 32 per week for each employee to avoid paying.

    Obamacare should have a better solution.  Maybe it is single payer, maybe it is saying anyone over 20 hours per week must get covered, or whatever.

    Saying anyone less than 33 hours per week makes the choice easy for some companies.

    •  Yes, but prior to that it was (0+ / 0-)

      only at the companies' discretion that health care was offered at all.

      Do agree that single payer would have been better.

      If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

      by shigeru on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:04:21 PM PST

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    •  nothing new (0+ / 0-)

      For as long as I have been working, I have seen firms work around laws using various employment tricks.  Many firms work to keep themselves below 50 FTE employees.  Some do this legitimately by limiting company size, happy to be wealthy, not bothered by the fact that they actually have do some heavy lifting.  Others use 'contracted' labor, people who are really employees, have no control over their time or workload, but file a 1099 instead of a W-2.

      I have talked to people who work for the same employer, but in two different locations.  They put in 5 hours in one location, take an hour bus trip, and then work 5 hours in another location.  Two different checks.  Part time working full time.

      What the AHCA has done is exactly what it was designed to do.  Bring out some of these issues that have plagued the working poor.  Yes health care benefits used to be a method by which an employer would insure a stable and healthy work force.  Now that we are back to a situation in which we have many unskilled jobs, and many unskilled workers, there is no reason for an employer to do this.

      So the AHCA provides incentives for large employers to cover workers, as well as methods for uncovered people to gain health care.  

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