The White House emoji-ladden status report on Millennials touts ObamaCare as one of the President’s numerous successful polices to help Millennials. Student workers in Colorado aren’t cheering though for ObamaCare [insert X’ed out applaud emoji] as their paychecks are about to get a lot lighter thanks to ObamaCare.
Colleges and university systems are limiting the number of hours that students can work per week during the school year and during the summer, so that they can avoid the ObamaCare employer mandate. Even teaching staff with variable hours don’t escape; adjunct professors and graduate assistants are also seeing their hours reduced.
Investor’s Business Daily has tracked over 100 schools that cut their students’ work hours in order to avoid ObamaCare’s low classification for full-time work. Another 350 employers have also restricted work hours.
The University of Colorado Boulder is the latest school to implement this policy posting online that student hours would be limited to 25 hours per week to keep them below the 30-hour threshold when the employer mandate would kick in. Under ObamaCare’s rules, if a worker logs 30 hours or more and an employer is a certain size then it must offer healthcare coverage to that worker or face a penalty of $2,500. Either way, the cost for that worker will rise – perhaps higher than their productivity level.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Liberals are rebuking businesses for cutting the hours of workers to skirt ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Lo, the people’s republic of Boulder, otherwise known as the University of Colorado, has announced that it too is capping the hours of undergraduate workers to avoid the mandate.
“After the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),” a recent university memo reported, “the campus took the opportunity to examine the number of hours student employees were working per week and has established a policy which sets the maximum number of hours a student employee can work during a bi-weekly pay period.”
Undergrads will now be limited to 25 hours of university-provided employment per week, though students can work additional hours at off-campus jobs. Under ObamaCare, large employers must provide health benefits—including free contraception—to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week on average. Otherwise, they get whacked with a $2,000 penalty, er, tax per employee.
Student workers are merely the latest casualties of ObamaCare. Dozens of colleges including Colorado Mountain College are barring adjunct professors from working more than 30 hours a week. Many quick-serve restaurants plan to do likewise. Yet in an interview last week Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who provided the 60th vote for passage in 2010, hailed ObamaCare “all in all” as “a success.”
Millennials have nothing to celebrate with Obamacare. Certainly, some young people can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans for a few extra years, but that delays – it doesn’t solve – our healthcare problems.
As a person who worked on my college campus, I relied on working fulltime during winter and summer breaks to earn enough money for books and to pay my cell phone bill and incidental needs such as toothpaste and soap during the semester. Many student workers are putting themselves through college by working part-time. Graduate students may be hardest hit as they tend to fund their educations entirely out of pocket, so limits to their hours will not be negligible for them.
ObamaCare is robbing us of earning potential while in school and that’s not acceptable. That is just one slice of the unfairness built into the President’s signature healthcare law. Young healthy Americans are forced to pay more to cover the costs of older sicker Americans. It goes without saying that our average premiums have skyrocketed (over 40 percent for young women and over 90 percent for young men). ObamaCare was and remains a bad deal for my generation.