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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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Comments (4)
Nov 09, 2013 at 8:10 AM
The Democrats alone passed this tax! And they are the party that pretends they 'care' about working class and poor. THEY passed a huge TAX on people; then caused work hours to be cut and people not making enough to live on and on top of that, these democrats hike taxes onto us. Party for the people my ***!!!
Nov 09, 2013 at 8:09 AM
This was Obama's plan all along. He forced some large businesses to lower their employee's hours worked per week so that they would be "forced" to go onto his failed Obamacare plan! That's how he will get everyone on a govt health plan and destroy our choices and our desire for a individual private plan. This president couldn't be honest and forthright with the people if he tried. He KNEW no one would back this TAX so he needed to lie and deceive. And a TAX it is. His own lawyers at the Supreme Court of the United States ADMITTED that it WAS INDEED a TAX! That is the ONLY reason the SCOTUS declared it 'legal.'
Nov 07, 2013 at 7:01 PM
So I give an actual account from a real person (me) on this, and it's not relevant enough to be approved on the comments page?
Nov 07, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Actually, the 30 hour a week is already being done. It happened to me. So let's follow the logic... I WAS working 40 hours a week, so, in an effort for people to get health care, the ACA set the official work week at 30 hours (it's in the pdf, and the IRS agrees). If a company cannot afford to pay for the insurance, they can cut your hours to 30. So, now, I'm missing 25% of my income. Which IS a hit, then consider now at 30 hours I'm responsible for buying my own insurance. Well, now that's impossible considering my pay was cut by 25%. So, I have less money, and NO insurance, which was the entire reason for my hours being cut to 30 to begin with.
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