One week ago, Terry McAuliffe told Judy Woodruff that he was in favor of permanently repealing ObamaCare’s employer mandate. In one fell swoop, that statement revealed two fundamental truths about Terry McAuliffe: 1) he’s willing to say anything to get elected, and 2) he doesn’t know Virginia.
In addition to trying to have it both ways on ObamaCare – strongly supporting the law, while opposing one of its central tenets – he clearly doesn’t understand that delaying implementation of the employer mandate would do nothing to change current Virginia law, which already limits part-time state government employees from working more than 29-hours per week on average.
For all Terry McAuliffe’s concern about Virginia’s community colleges, you’d think he’d know the budget amendment in effect today is limiting adjunct professors hours today. The Obama Administration’s delay of the employer mandate does nothing to change that.
This is also another example of one of the biggest problems with the health care law Terry McAuliffe has enthusiastically supported. Agree with the bill or not, as individuals and employers prepare for implementation of the law, the rules keep changing and delays keep coming. All of this just adds to the uncertainty that is already stifling economic growth.
And let’s not forget that the employer mandate is part of how the President and his liberal allies in Washington pay for ObamaCare. Employers were expected to pay $10 billion in penalties for 2014 to fund the bill and if Terry McAuliffe gets his way it will mean $140 billion in penalties not paid for by businesses, which means $140 billion in higher taxes for the rest of us or more government debt. Make no mistake, Ken Cuccinelli is against the employer mandate, but he doesn’t think hard working Virginia families should pay for its elimination.
Terry McAuliffe couldn’t name a single member of the Governor’s cabinet, doesn’t know how a bill becomes a law, and clearly isn’t aware that adjunct professors at Virginia’s community colleges are negatively impacted by ObamaCare today irrespective of the employer mandate delay. Virginia needs a governor ready to serve on day one, not one who needs remedial training.
P.S.: In his interview, Terry McAuliffe talks about the impact of the FIFTY-hour rule. Last we checked it was thirty.
VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES ALREADY IMPACTED BY OBAMACARE EMPLOYER MANDATE
Terry McAuliffe Called For Permanent Repeal Of The ObamaCare Employer Mandate
Terry McAuliffe Said He Supports A Permanent Repeal Of The ObamaCare Employer Mandate. PBS’s JUDY WOODRUFF: “Just quickly, you acknowledged in the debate, as you have before, that ObamaCare is not perfect. That there are things that you would fix, would change. Just this week, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, reported that young men, especially young men in their 20s, are gonna find what they call rate shock, when they realize how much it costs to sign up for health insurance. What do you do about that?” MCAULIFFE: “Well, first and foremost, as governor for the next four years, one of them is the Medicaid expansion. But I’ll tell ya, I was very concerned and voiced my concern to lots of folks as I traveled around the community colleges because the community colleges, two thirds of our professors are adjunct. They were going to be affected by the fifty hour rule and many of them were going to have to leave community colleges, so we wouldn’t have enough professors. So, I was glad to see they pushed it off for a year and I want to work with the federal government to figure out how we probably push that off permanently because it just doesn’t work.” (Terry McAuliffe, Interview With PBS’s Judy Woodruff, 7/20/13)
The Employer Mandate Threatens The Livelihoods Of Many Adjunct Instructors At Virginia’s 23 Community Colleges
Virginia Community College Professors Will See Their Hours Cut Due To The President’s Health Care Law. “Many adjunct instructors at Virginia’s 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia’s response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build.” (Bob Lewis, “Health Care Reform Leads To Virginia Community College Pay Cuts,” Associated Press, 4/24/13)
“Eligibility For The Health Benefits Plan Begins Jan. 1, 2014, But The Number Of Hours Worked In 2013 Will Serve As The Baseline Measurement For Eligibility.” (Katherin Chiglinsky, “Health Care Law Limits Hours For Adjunct Faculty,” College Of William And Mary’s The Flat Hat, 4/5/13)
Virginia Community College Have Already Restricted Part-Time Employees To An Average Of 29 Hours Per Week
Germanna Community College Restricted Certain Employees Hours To 29 Hours A Week In February Of 2013. “Following the order of the Virginia Community College System’s instruction from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Chief of Staff, Germanna will limit all wages for part-time employees to an average of 29 hours a week this year effective immediately, according to Germanna spokesman Mike Zitz. Germanna will also limit the teaching loads of part-time faculty staff as well. Under the new federal health care reform, employees who average 30 hours a week or more are considered full-time and eligible for health insurance coverage.” (“Germanna Cuts Part-Time Hours Per State,” Culpeper Star-Exponent, 2/11/13)
College Of William And Mary Adjunct Faculty Members Were Informed Earlier This Year That The College Must Limit Work Hours To 29 Hours Per Week On Average Over A 12-Month Period. “This year, some adjunct faculty members, student workers and temporary employees may start to see a reduction in work hours at the College of William and Mary. Vice President of Administration Anna Martin recently sent out an announcement that part-time employees at the College must limit work hours to 29 hours per week on average over a 12-month period. The announcement comes as a response to a new requirement from the governor’s office.” (Katherin Chiglinsky, “Health Care Law Limits Hours For Adjunct Faculty,” College Of William And Mary’s The Flat Hat, 4/5/13)
The Virginia State Budget Was Amended To Restrict Certain State Employees To Working Fewer Than 29 Hours Per Week In Order To Comply With Obamacare
A Virginia State Budget Amendment Restricted State Employees Not Eligible For The State’s Health Plan To Working No More Than 29 Hours On Average Per Week. “The 2013 budget amendment stipulates that employees at state agencies may not work more than 29 hours on average per week over a 12-month period if they are not eligible for coverage in the State Health Benefits Program.” (“29-Hour Work Week Limit For Employees Ineligible For Coverage In State Health Benefits Program,” VCU Human Resources, Revised May 2013)
The Budget Amendment Was Necessary To Comply With ObamaCare. “What is the reason for the change? The amendment is necessary to ensure compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance coverage to all employees who work, on average, 30 or more hours per week. The Commonwealth of Virginia limits eligibility in the State Health Benefits Program to certain types of employees. Expanding eligibility for health insurance coverage would require a significant expenditure of state funds that are not budgeted. To comply with the federal law (ACA), the Virginia General Assembly decided to limit the work hours of employees ineligible for coverage in the State Health Benefits Program. All state agencies, including VCU, are required to comply with the legislation.” (“29-Hour Work Week Limit For Employees Ineligible For Coverage In State Health Benefits Program,” VCU Human Resources, Revised May 2013)
Limiting Part-Time State Workers, Including Adjunct Professors At Virginia’s Community Colleges, Was Passed Into Law During The 2013 Session
Governor Bob McDonnell Submitted Amendment 50: Restriction On Employees Required To Work Fewer Than 30 Hours Per Week. “Page 569, strike lines 6 through 14 and insert: ‘g. State employees in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government, the independent agencies of the Commonwealth, or an agency administering their own health plan, who are not eligible for benefits under the health care plan established and administered by the Department of Human Resource Management (“DHRM”) pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-2818, may not work more than 29 hours per week on average over a twelve month period. Adjunct faculty at institutions of higher education may not (a) work more than 29 hours per week on average over a twelve month period, including classroom or other instructional time plus additional hours determined by the institution as necessary to perform the adjunct faculty’s duties; or (b) meet or exceed, on average over a twelve month period, 75% of the course load for a full-time non-tenure-track teaching faculty member at that institution…’” (“Governor’s Recommendation To The House Of Delegates: House Bill 1500,” lis.virginia.gov, 3/25/13)
The House Concurred In The Governor’s Recommendation #50 (78-Y 20-N). (HB1500, Vote: Adoption, 4/3/13)
The Senate Concurred In Governor’s Recommendation #50 (20-Y 20-N).(HB1500, Vote: Adoption, 4/3/13, Mr. President Voted YEA)
The Employer Mandate Helps Pay For ObamaCare
The Non-Partisan Congressional Budget Office Estimated The Employer Mandate Would Force Businesses To Pay $10 Billion In Penalties For 2014. (CBO, 5/14/13)
Over The Next 10 Years, The Non-Partisan Congressional Budget Office Estimated Employers Would Pay $140 Billion In Penalties Because Of The Employer Mandate. (CBO, 5/14/13)