Obama’s so-called “Affordable Care Act” (BKA Obamacare) is devastating to many working class Americans. Unfortunately, the unions we pay to represent us, are not speaking up about this since they have become tools of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party along with some Republican accomplices have betrayed labor, but labor would rather betray the rank and file then break the chains that keep them beholden to their political masters.
I am one of Obamacare’s victims. This is my story. If I am the only victim, then it’s no big deal…. but I have a feeling I have lots of company. I have never read about this in the mainstream media, but this is the truth.
As a part-time college professor, I have been teaching at two institutions to earn a decent income. I have been able to use that money to buy my own insurance. Since the law passed my premiums have increased significantly with no significant new benefits. But that is the least of my problems.
The ACA requires employers to buy health insurance for any employees who work three-fourths of full time or more. So many employees are having their hours slashed by employers who don’t wish to face penalties for giving their employees too many (sic) hours. Most people would expect this to force employers to restrict their part-time employees to 29 hours per week, since most people think of 40 hours as full-time. Such an intervention is bad enough, in principle, and a person struggling to make ends meet in the current depression may not be able to afford any loss in income. Nonetheless, the reality is even more outrageous.
According to the ACA college faculty who teach over 11.5 hours per week are categorized as three-fourths full time. No, that’s not a typo. According to bureaucrats, the law says eleven and one half hours are three-fourths full time! Since my regular course load involved two six hour classes (12 hours total) per week, my hours have been nearly cut in half at one of the places where I teach. Fortunately, the union local at the other college refused to cave in and I still have all of my hours there.
If I can’t find additional work in the next couple weeks, I may be faced with bankruptcy. Meanwhile I have had to forgo Christmas shopping in preparation for this impending financial crisis.
The rank and file need to stand up and tell their unions to withhold endorsements from any candidates who supported the ACA or any part of it’s implementation. Workers of the USA unite! We have plenty to loose.