Hillary: Obamacare Forcing Americans Into Taking Part-Time Jobs
(Newsmax) – Many companies are pushing employees into a part-time workforce because of Obamacare restrictions, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton acknowledged this week at an Iowa City town hall meeting, saying the situation needs to be changed.
“We have built in some unfortunate incentives that discourage full-time employment,” Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter concerning companies that are using part-timers, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Many employers, she said, “believe if you don’t work 40-hours a week you don’t get benefits and that includes; you don’t get health care benefits; that might include you’re not eligible for the family medical leave; you’re not eligible for paid sick days.”
Clinton called the situation a “disincentive in our system that we need to deal with,” according to a video being distributed by the Republican National Committee. “I really worry about it because there is a trend to try and move more and more people into part-time work.”
There are some people who want to work part-time for family reasons and other obligations, “but sometimes you want to work full-time, but you can’t get a full-time job, so I want to look at all the employment rules.”
Back in 2008, when she first sought the presidency, Clinton was calling for an even more harsh employer mandate and a “pay or play” mandate including businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
However, she has continued to praise Obamacare, reports Bloomberg, saying the bill prohibits women from paying more for their coverage based on their gender.
Under the current employer mandate, employers who have 50 or more full-time employees must offer health insurance coverage for people working 30 hours or more a week. It was originally set to begin in 2014, but was delayed until 2015/2016.
Under the rule, companies must provide insurance for at least 95 percent of full-time employees and their dependents up to the age of 26, or pay a fee by 2016. To avoid that, many employees have cut their employees’ hours so they can avoid the high costs of the mandatory coverage.
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