Originally Posted by Requiem
First and foremost: Healthcare benefits shouldn't be tied to employment, IMO.
And secondly, they are both dick moves and obviously the employer who is cutting the hours to make sure they don't have to give insurance to those people are dirtballs.
From the people I was speaking of (on a personal basis), they would prioritize what comes with being underemployed as to being employed solidly and having a job that gets benefits. As dumb as they are, unfortunately they know how to work the system and have no shame in doing so.
Now we have state govt cutting part timers back to 29. Even some with govs who supported Obamacare. Its not just the private sector.
Of course if you say 30 hours a week for benefits companies will trim down. You aren't going to spend all the money it takes over a few hours. You will say we can hire two part timers for 20 hours a week and that will be less then 1 part timer at 30 hours a week. You get 40 man hours for less money. Its a no brainer and you can't hold it against any company. If you owned a company you would do it also.
The problem is Obamacare. Its can't work because its only an idea and the law itself is whack and unworkable. The exchanges will be flooded, the subsidies won't be enough, the pre exisiting conditions coverage will cause prices to soar and middle class workers will be paying thousands more a yr in coverage. Single people will be getting blasted, families will get blasted, but hey some poor people with pre existing conditions will probably be good.