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Rep. Todd Young: Require Obamacare Only for 40-Hour Workers

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 06:13 PM

The federal government should require only employees working 40 hours a week to be eligible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, rather than the current 30-hour threshold, U.S. Rep. Todd Young says.

"With respect to Obamacare, they want employers that employ people 30 hours a week or more to provide them with government-sanctioned health insurance," Young, a Republican from Indiana, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Let's move that up to 40 hours so that we can keep businesses competitive and prevent workers from losing hours that they desperately need to put food on the table and pay their bills."

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Young, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he is hearing horror stories about people losing the healthcare that President Barack Obama originally promised they could keep.

"We continue to make the argument that this is a fundamentally flawed law. We're going to see the premiums go up. We're going to see people continue to lose coverage," Young said Tuesday.

"I try not to employ the three-letter L-word, but let's just say there's inconsistency in the facts that needs to be explained, and there's certainly an inconsistency between previous promises and what's been delivered with this healthcare law," he said.

"We've got 1.5 million Americans who received a letter from an insurance company indicating that they're being canceled, and so, I mean, that's what happened to Mike out of Bloomington, Ind. He received such a letter and showed it to our office. He also discovered subsequently that he's going to see a premium increase from $500 up to $1,400.

"That's 280 percent in premium increase – pretty inconsistent with the president's promise that we're going to see a roughly $2,500 per year savings in premium per American enrolled."

"People are losing their healthcare coverage. A lot of anxiety and uncertainty reigns."

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