Educators Hit by ObamaCare
Far too many teachers are uniformly uninquisitive. And, sadly, their vote for Obama is coming back to bite them as the consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are finally dawning on many of them.
When ObamaCare finally goes into effect in January 2014, if an employer does not supply health care to employees working 30 hours or more a week, the employer will have to pay a penalty.
Logic would dictate that an employer will not pay a penalty if there is an alternative.
Thus, in light of burgeoning costs and governmental edicts, Youngstown State University in Ohio has already created caps on the number of hours its adjunct faculty can teach.
Palm Beach State College of Florida is the latest to announce that it will begin limiting the hours adjunct instructors can work in order to avoid new requirements under the Affordable Care Act.
Moreover, in Arizona, "the maximum teaching load for adjunct faculty within the Maricopa County Community College District ... is nine (9) load hours per semester[.] Service faculty will be limited to twenty (20) hours per week."
Pennsylvania Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) "already slashed the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time teachers to sidestep the Obamacare fines." CCAC employees "were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week." Thus, on December 31, 2012, "temporary part-time employees were told they would be cut back to 25 hours," saving the university an estimated $6 million. Consequently, "under the new CCAC policy, adjunct instructors will be allowed to teach only ten credit-hours a semester. A credit-hour is $730. Thus, for a year, an adjunct would make $14,600 -- "just a tick above the poverty level."
What an irony, considering that in the AFT's endorsement for Obama, they wrote that:
... Barack Obama is the only candidate running for president who understands that economic growth depends upon economic fairness, and who has articulated an agenda focused on rebuilding and expanding the middle class[.]
Yet, in essence, "a new class of 'have-nots'" will be created -- "the huge pool of people who will work fewer than 30 hours a week and wonder, or stew, over how little, apparently society values what they have to offer."
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