In Pennsylvania’s Penn Manor School District, Superintendent Mike Leichliter said there is no room in its constrained budget to provide additional employee insurance…. “When we looked at our costs, (healthcare) was one area that really had the potential to skyrocket,” Leichliter said. “This is absolutely the worst time for school districts to be faced with mandated increases” […]In Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools district, one of the state’s largest, administrators reduced hours for 610 of its 4,050 employees, including substitute teachers and support staff, who were working 30 or more hours a week. Providing them with health insurance would have cost $10 million annually, said Krista Stockman, public information officer for Fort Wayne.
Obama administration officials and ACA supporters are blaming cuts like these on the sequester, rather than the ACA. Because of the sequester, 26 states cut their education budget in the 2012–13 school year, and this, they argue, has trickled down into employment. But blaming all the staffing reductions on the sequester doesn’t seem to align with what the officials at the schools are saying about the reasons for these cuts.Expanding access to care through employer mandates without serious cost-cutting measures leads to all sorts of perverse economic effects. Unless the delay is made permanent, as people across the whole political spectrum are calling for, we can expect to see more stories like this turn up.