Local governments across the country are cutting back on employee hours in anticipation of the Affordable Care Act. WaPo has a rundown of recent examples: Middletown Township, New Jersey is cutting back hours for 25 part-time workers; Bee County, Tex., is capping part-time hours at 24 per week; Brevard County, Fla., is pursuing similar policies. More:
“It’s not something we prefer to do, but the cost of health insurance is significant and would really impact municipal budgets,” said Anthony Mercantante, Middletown’s township administrator. “It’s not something we can take on, particularly when we don’t know some of the other ramifications of the Affordable Care Act. There are far more questions than answers right now.”
The evidence continues to accumulate: badly designed provisions in the ACA are backfiring in exactly the way the laws’ critics warned that they would. Does anybody think that private sector companies won’t respond to the same incentives that have universities and governments cutting part timer hours? And the same economic incentives built into this train wreck of a law also make it more expensive to hire new full time and near full time workers.Taking well into consideration Matt Ygelesias’ comment that the media bias towards negativity might be skewing our perception of the ACA, the law’s effects are nevertheless looking increasingly grim.