la times today:
Part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math - latimesMany part-timers are facing a double whammy from President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. But rather than provide healthcare to more workers, a growing number of employers are cutting back employee hours instead.
The result: Not only will these workers earn less money, but they'll also miss out on health insurance at work.
Consider the city of Long Beach. It is limiting most of its 1,600 part-time employees to fewer than 27 hours a week, on average. City officials say that without cutting payroll hours, new health benefits would cost up to $2 million more next year, and that extra expense would trigger layoffs and cutbacks in city services.
Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of other hourly workers may also see smaller paychecks in the coming year because of this response to the federal healthcare law. The law exempts businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers from this requirement to provide benefits.
But big restaurant chains, retailers and movie theaters are starting to trim employee hours. Even colleges are reducing courses for part-time professors to keep their hours down and avoid paying for their health premiums.
Overall, an estimated 2.3 million workers nationwide, including 240,000 in California, are at risk of losing hours as employers adjust to the new math of workplace benefits, according to research by UC Berkeley. All this comes at a time when part-timers are being hired in greater numbers as U.S. employers look to keep payrolls lean.
if these consequences are unintended you must be really bad at seeing moves ahead
In several states, Medicaid expansion remains in limbo as time runs short - The Washington PostIn the closing days of their legislative sessions, lawmakers in more than a dozen states are struggling with whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, with many of them leaning against participating in a program that is key to President Obama’s aim of extending coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the expansion, and 14 are planning to decline. But 16 remain in limbo as lawmakers clash in the final days and weeks of the legislative calendar, when many must come to a decision in time for the provision to kick in next year.
The uncertainty comes at a moment of intense scrutiny of the way the administration has handled the rollout of the health-care law, with states at vastly different stages of implementation and the public confused about how the law will work. Obama offered reassurances this week, saying that “what we’re doing is making sure that every single day we are constantly trying to hit our marks so that it will be in place.”
The three-year-old health-care law faces perhaps its greatest challenge this fall: enrolling millions of Americans in health insurance beginning Oct. 1.
Much has been left up to the states, which have taken up the law with varying levels of enthusiasm. More than half have decided not to set up the online marketplaces meant to help people find insurance and financial assistance, leaving the enormous task to the federal government.
Many states are also wary of the expense of adopting the law’s enlargement of the pool of people eligible for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, even though the federal government will pay the full cost of the new enrollees for three years and the bulk of the cost thereafter.
the state to watch is, bigtime, florida---cuz of its size, its seniors and its status as swing state
the session in tallahassee ends friday and (according to wapo) "prospects for expansion appear dim"
THAT (the loss of florida) would be a huge defeat for obamacare, insiders would say
in ohio, arizona and michigan, republican governors have said yes to the billions from the feds---only to face revolts in the assemblies from tea partiers, conservatives, small govt types and other assorted haters, racists and knuckle draggers
they don't trust the feds to come thru with the cash down the road, which comes to multi trillions
and many feel that medicaid is the ghetto of health care
expansion would make it look even more like 3801 lancaster
it's roberts' ruling, you recall, which makes all this possible
the white house rightly hailed as triumph the broad interpretation of the commerce clause
but the supremes saying that the fed could NOT coerce the 50 by cutting off their entire funding for refusing...
constitutionalists anticipated our arrival here that very day
Analysis: Big insurers wary of entering new Obamacare markets | ReutersThe nation's largest health insurers are far from leaping at the chance to join new state health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, making it likely that some markets will have little or no competition next year.
These new insurance marketplaces are due to open their doors on October 1 to enroll millions of Americans who have not been able to buy coverage on their own.
A key principle of Obama's health reform is that individuals will have a robust offering of insurance plans to choose from, and that competition for new customers in each state will help keep prices down for consumers.
But health insurers, some of whom fought the law before it was passed and continue to lobby to reverse parts of it, are wary. In recent days, executives at the four largest U.S. health insurers say they are likely to sell insurance plans on less than a third of the exchanges, reluctant to venture out beyond the states where they already offer coverage.
on april one, all the engineers could foresee the train wreck careening unavoidably over the cliff, that's the day this woebegone white house announced it would not be able to live up to the promise it pledged like gospel to each and every small business, the setting up of the shop exchanges, thriving with choice and competition, driving care up and cost down...
Obamacare Incompetence | TIME
all of the above and lots more are what's got baucus and his buddies bitching
that's baucus and rockefeller and cardin and shaheen and harkin and yesterday majority leader harry reid
why does congress itself want out?
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption - POLITICO