Skip to comments.House Republicans pass bill redefining full-time work to 40 hours
Posted on 04/04/2014 7:21:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
House Republicans moved yesterday to correct one of the unintended consequences of ObamaCare, and to challenge Senate Democrats to demonstrate that they want to “fix it rather than nix it.” The definition of full-time work in the Affordable Care Act is 30 hours a week, which provides incentives for employers to limit hours for its employees to less than that — and it’s not just the private sector responding to that incentive. The House passed a new definition of full-time work that raises the threshold to 40 hours a week, and eighteen House Democrats voted for passage:
Eighteen House Democrats voted with Republicans Thursday to change the definition of full-time work as it relates to the Affordable Care Act, signaling that for some members of President Obamas party the law remains a difficult political issue.
The bill approved Thursday would change the laws definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week back to 40 hours, a move that Republicans say is necessary as employers continue limiting the hours of part-time workers in anticipation of the laws employer insurance requirement.
That prompted a veto threat from the White House, and a further demonstration of cluelessness:
Obama threatened to veto the House bill this week, citing a recent report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that said about that1 million people would lose employer-backed coverage and that the number of uninsured would climb by almost 500,000 if the laws work definitions were changed. And most congressional Democrats, buoyed by the new enrollment figures, said Thursday that Republicans were merely bending to the will of companies who are using the new law as an excuse to cut workers hours and pay.
It is not Obamacare that decides how much somebody works, its the person who runs the company, Rep. James McDermott (D-Wash.) said Thursday.
Well, yes … and cost and price signals largely direct those decisions. Democrats made it a lot more costly to give workers 30 hours a week. Did they think that would not have any impact on staffing decisions? This takes the tunnel vision created by static analysis to a ridiculously narrow new limit.
Under normal circumstances, that kind of unseriousness should discredit McDermott and his fellow Democrats. However, Barack Obama and his party have spent the last few years filling the debate with sophistry and flat-out untruths about ObamaCare, so this just adds to the catalogue of discrediting statements. Peggy Noonan addressed this phenomenon today, noting that it comes as part of their effort to avoid responsibility for the easily-predictable consequences of their actions:
Her comments alarmed congressional Republicans but inspired Democrats, who for the next three years would carry on like blithering idiots making believe they’d read the bill and understood its implications. They were later taken aback by complaints from their constituents. The White House, on the other hand, seems to have understood what the bill would do, and lied in a way so specific it showed they knew exactly what to spin and how. “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan, period.” “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.” That of course was the president, misrepresenting the facts of his signature legislative effort. That was historic, too. If you liked your doctor, your plan, your network, your coverage, your deductible you could not keep it. Your existing policy had to pass muster with the administration, which would fight to the death to ensure that 60-year-old women have pediatric dental coverage.
The leaders of our government have not felt, throughout the process, that they had any responsibility to be honest and forthcoming about the major aspects of the program, from its exact nature to its exact cost. We are not being told the cost of anythingall those ads, all the consultants and computer work, even the cost of the essential program itself.
What the bill declared it would doinsure tens of millions of uninsured Americansit has not done. There are still tens of millions uninsured Americans. On the other hand, it has terrorized millions who did have insurance and lost it, or who still have insurance and may lose it.
Michael Ramirez uses his Pulitzer Prize-winning talent to make a blunter argument at Investors Business Daily:
April Fools, indeed. The Obama administration and Capitol Hill seem chock-full of them, and not just on April 1.
Also, be sure to check out Ramirez terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And dont forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.
They don’t fix it?
So they’ll get hammered in November. I can’t wait!
I work full time at 37.5 hours/week.
Would this bill make me a part time worker?
Yet they won’t repeal Obamacare which is the cause of all the new part-time work??
Yet another spineless, toothless move by the Stupid Party!
Most salaried employees are on the books for 37.5 hours per week even if they work 80. Technically I'm on the books for 37.5 as are all the lawyers in my firm.
Under this law we would all be part timers.
Instead of trying to fix this crap sandwich they should just concentrate on repealing it.
Me too...and that is my question as well.
Or can employers still call the shot on this?
Someday some freaks might all try to deny you all a CEO job b/c you don’t like Obama(I don’t)care.
I all reality it should remain around 36 hours a week for full time. This deters employers from working people close 37, 38 or 39 hours per week and calling them part time. 30 hours is still part time, but after 35 hours it becomes a full time proposition.
As does my wife who is full time but hourly.
She works as an Administrative Assistant at a CPA firm. She might only work 40 hours a week during Jan 1 to April 15. After that time there is less of a crush, but she is still out of the home and Downtown from 7:45am to 5:45pm.
BTW: She carries the health insurance which we have had the great misfortune of using to the tune of several million dollars over the past half decade. The full time at 37.5 hours is kind of important.
It’s a scheme for re-hiring many lower level, local government regulators and other government employees—mostly federally funded.
My question was, “Should your constituents have a reasonable expectation that their reps will thoroughly understand bills before they vote for them?”
As my turn came up, the line went dead.
Our framing generation knew the irreplaceable necessity of a free press in a republic. It is among the many lessons our nation has chosen to ignore. God save these United States. Please.
There is a two word phrase that left wing nutcases cannot comprehend and apparently never will comprehend and would disregard even if they did comprehend, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES...oh, wait, what if I am wrong, maybe the unintended consequences are what they intended all along?
I prefer to believe the consequence was intended. The intent was to make the American work week like France...... 30 hours.
If the workweek is 30 hours for all, there will be no unemployment.
ANYONE ... and I mean ANYONE... who claims Barack Obama is not sent by someone to destroy America, is as insane as Nancy Pelosi.
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