The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--and boy are they hitting them, in fact, they're walloping them. They are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, fresh off its efforts to rig the electoral system to disenfranchise the state's African-American voters, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance, which will kick in in 2014. So it has decided on the labor cuts to get a headstart before 2014.
Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if they worked more than the maximum. Millions of other public universities are doing the same across the nation, just as their private-sector counterparts are limiting part-time hours to save a buck or two while blaming Obamacare.
In addition to limiting part-time hours, many institutions--public and private--are moving employees from full-time to part-time status to avoid Obamacare requirements. Asked why they are laying off employees a full year before the Obamacare requirements kick in, Republican state governors and university chancellors are saying the same thing: "If we lay off now, we'll peeve many of our constituents who will complain about the cutback in services; however, we've got a convenient punching bag in Obama and his unConstitutional Obamacare taxes and death panel forms of justice." Stated another high ranking official: "Screw the nation, any policy or form of rhetoric that weakens the Obama administration, regardless of the policy's or rhetoric's harm to real people, is a big plus." Officials in the Obama Administration have not responded to our numerous attempt to contact them. Stated one Breitbart reporter: "They're all on the run."