Fewer hours because of Obamacare

The real news is that NBC News is reporting this. There are so many people whose hours have been cut because of Obamacare that NBC can’t ignore or deny it and keep any credibility. (Although at this point, they haven’t much credibility to lose.) Anyway, here’s the headline, seen at the Instapundit:

Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours

“Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.” — linked above

The administration says it’s just anecdotal evidence, but there are a lot of anecdotes.

“St Petersburg [College]’s president, Dr. Bill Law, said providing health care for the 250 adjunct professors would cost more than $777,000 dollars a year. ‘The cost associated with making a part-timer benefits-eligible really is not available to us as a public college,’ said Law.

“‘I don’t think anyone [passed the law] so they could make our life worse,’ said Law. ‘They did it because people need access to health care.’

“Part-time math professor Tracey Sullivan said she will lose half her income because of the cuts.

“‘I never thought it would impact me directly,’ said Sullivan. ‘I was stunned when I got the email…I love teaching at St. Pete College but that is a significant cut.'” — linked above

Even the unions, reliable Democratic voters and fund-raisers (and hey United Mine Workers! How’s that working out?), say members are getting their hours cut below the 30-hour threshold for benefits, and that it’s a bad thing. Guess what the union recommends? Lower the threshold to 20 hours per week!

Honestly, I think that was the plan – not in a detailed conspiratorial sense, but in that people knew things like this would happen and that Obamacare would never work, but they were okay with that. For them, Obamacare is creative destruction – just a step on the way to a US Health Service. So the union guy is broadly correct. The threshold will get lowered; not to 20 hours a week, but to zero.