Obamacare Has Consequences

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 21, 2012

Behold:

Community College Of Allegheny County will cut the hours some instructors to avoid paying for their health insurance coverage under new Affordable Care Act rules.

CCAC President Alex Johnson announced in an email to employees last week that the school would cut course loads and hours for some 200 adjunct faculty members and 200 additional employees.

The Affordable Care Act — nicknamed Obamacare — classifies employees who work 30 hours or more per week as full-time, and CCAC would be required under the new law to provide employer-assisted health insurance to those employees.

Instead, temporary part-time employees, such as clerical, computer, seasonal and other positions, will be limited to working 25 hours per week, and adjunct instructors will only be able to teach 10 credits per semester. Permanent part-time employees, already eligible for health care coverage, will be unaffected. The Pittsburgh-based college estimates the move will save it from spending an additional $6 million.

“While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so,” David Hoovler, executive assistant to the president of CCAC, told The Huffington Post. “Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further.”

He noted that students have also seen “significant tuition increases” and the college had “examined various alternatives to reducing hours without finding an affordable option.”

Don’t worry. I’m sure this is just an aberration. There is absolutely, positively no way in the world that other employers might find themselves in a similar position, thus worsening an already bad employment situation and further weakening the economy. No sirree, no reason at all to lose any sleep whatsoever over this.

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