Republicans have made it a high priority to re-define “full-time” work under Obamacare for the new Congress, making it 40 hours per week instead of the 30 hours it is currently.
President Obama has now promised to veto legislation that would restore the 40 hour workweek. He did so through press secretary Josh Earnest earlier this week.
The economy has seen a significant transition from full-time work to part-time work as a result of the definition of full-time work as just 30 hours.
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It’s not just Republicans who are complaining about the re-definition of the full-time workweek under Obamacare. Obama’s labor union allies are raising an outcry about it as well.
Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, UFCW President Joseph Hansen, and UNITE-HERE President D. Taylor sent a letter to Obama in 2013 demanding that the problems under Obamacare such as the 30 hour work week be solved:
Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.
Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.
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What do you think? If Obama won’t listen to Congress, will he at least listen to his labor union allies on the definition of the full-time workweek? So far, his answer has been no.
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