Obamacare Is Hurting Colleges

Nothing says “Affordable Care Act” like employers being forced to cut employee hours and pay big fines:

The University of Virginia is expecting a roughly 7-million bill for Obamacare’s new employer penalties, said Susan Carkeek, the University’s vice president and chief human resources officer. “We’re expecting fairly significant cost implications from the Affordable Care Act that pass on new penalties and charges, fees to employers – probably in the order of $7 million a year,” she explained in an interview.

Community colleges across the country are slashing employee hours to avoid costly Obamacare mandates. For example,”Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.” Youngstown State University is also “trimming staff hours to avoid Obamacare’s fiscal burden.” Other university are also cutting employee hours, which is “a double whammy” for instructors, who are “facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said an adjunct biology professor.

What’s ironic is that I suspect support for Obamacare was probably pretty high among the college employees who are now getting the short end of the stick.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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