Many part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math

  • Article by: Chad Terhune , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 7:56 PM

Many employers are cutting their hours to get under the new law’s limit.

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mahrebMay. 7, 13 8:12 PM

What would people expect? The law encourages businesses to have their workers less than 30 hours per week . . . are we supposed to be shocked when they do what they're incentivized to do?

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jd55604May. 7, 13 9:31 PM

If recent economic performance tells us anything; this new law and its job killing provisions should send stock prices through the roof. Dow 20,000 here we come!!

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augsburg54May. 7, 1310:24 PM

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Many househoulds will be losing their nice corporate health insurance policies for it's going to be much cheaper for corporations to pay the penalty per person than have their health insurance costs increase 200-300% as projected by many industry estimates. So the 53% are going to suffer so that 30 million people who are currently obtaining a free ride thanks to the generosity of the hard working 53% can now even have a bigger handout...again on the backs of the 53%. Thank You Mr. President.......

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theruntMay. 7, 1311:00 PM

(Reuters) - The cost of healthcare services is expected to rise 7.5 percent in 2013, according to an industry research report released on Thursday. Slightly less than 300%.

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taxpayer17May. 7, 1311:27 PM

Stop the insanity now. When congress exempts themselves from a bill, you know we are in trouble.

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comment229May. 8, 13 4:47 AM

Don't take this the wrong way; or do, I couldn't care less, but more and more people that lose their health insurance are going to be put in the same boat that self insured Americans have been in for years now, and paying through the nose. Welcome to the club. And if you think it is bad now, wait until you hit that little golden age of 50; then 60 and read comments from people who don't think you deserve Medicare or politicians who want to change the rules while then have no clue because they get it free, for life. Welcome to the new America!

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jathu001May. 8, 13 5:37 AM

The problem isn't the health care reform. The problem is what corporate and business America will choose to do with it. Because our economic model CHOOSES to continue the downward spiral for workers, paying less, cutting benefits, etc. etc. etc., the American worker continues to suffer while those at the top and their wealthy shareholders make more, more, more. But eventually, this model will self-destruct even their wealth. And if it all leads to socialized medicine because the employers wanted to play games with providing health benefits for their dedicated workers, then so be it. But then let's not sit back and pretend the Health Reform Act caused it. Employers are making the choice now with how they choose to treat their employees. What gets me most is how folks constantly complain about too much government. But then when the private sector is given responsibility to provide for services for their staff, they find a loophole or bow out as quick as they can and say, "that's not my problem"--forcing the government to take over instead. You can't have it both ways.

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jathu001May. 8, 13 5:39 AM

So basically we have the business sector using Health Care Reform as just one more in a long line of excuses for slighting their workers--so that they can increase their personal wealth. What else is new?

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jcinmnMay. 8, 13 5:50 AM

I would expect to see this with corporate America but cities and universities? The right thing to do would be to increase their pay to offset the lost hours. I can understand why they cannot afford it due to the GOTP assault on government large and small but they should take care of their own. After all government service is a lower paying employment than the private sector as it is.

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jcinmnMay. 8, 13 6:00 AM

augsburg54 "This is only the tip of the iceberg. Many househoulds will be losing their nice corporate health insurance policies for it's going to be much cheaper for corporations to pay the penalty per person than have their health insurance costs increase 200-300% as projected by many industry estimates. " And yet corporate America is making unprecedented profits and CEO's are drawing excessive salaries, stock options and golden parachutes. Is this really the government's fault or the greed of corporate America?

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