Healthcare Debate About What is Considered Full Time
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on November 07, 2013 @ 6:58PM
Created on November 07, 2013 @ 4:53PM
It may seem like the healthcare debate just keeps going and going, now there's another section of it that has come under fire.
Some people are fired up about how some lawmakers want to make a 30 hour work week quality as full time. This is so more workers could have access to healthcare.
While some of you think this is a great idea, others think it'll limit economic growth.
Senator Joe Manchin is one of those against it. He and several other senators co-sponsored the Forty Hours is Full Time Act. They said that under the Affordable Care Act, effective health care reform should increase access to coverage, but not stop economic growth.
Their concern is that working 30 hours a week is too low to be considered full time. They also argued it's out of step with current standards.
One man said he disagrees. He thinks working 30 hours a week is very similar to working full time.
Upshur County resident Charles Smith said, " I think it'd be a good idea. It'd help people that are only getting so many hours. It would help them a lot. They work hard too."
Another man agreed with the bill. He said he didn't think it would be fair for those working 30 hours to be considered full time.
College student Phil Fisher said, "There are other people who can work up to a 14 hour work day and maybe not even get as many benefits as those who would be working the 30 hours."
Those who support the bill want to define a full-time employee as someone who works 40 hours a week.
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