Many companies are pushing employees into a part-time workforce because of Obamacare restrictions, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton acknowledged this week at an Iowa City town hall meeting, saying the situation needs to be changed.
"We have built in some unfortunate incentives that discourage full-time employment," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter concerning companies that are using part-timers, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Many employers, she said, "believe if you don't work 40-hours a week you don't get benefits and that includes; you don't get health care benefits; that might include you're not eligible for the family medical leave; you're not eligible for paid sick days."
Clinton called the situation a "disincentive in our system that we need to deal with," according to a video being distributed
by the Republican National Committee. "I really worry about it because there is a trend to try and move more and more people into part-time work."
There are some people who want to work part-time for family reasons and other obligations, "but sometimes you want to work full-time, but you can't get a full-time job, so I want to look at all the employment rules."
Back in 2008, when she first sought the presidency, Clinton was calling for an even more harsh employer mandate and a "pay or play" mandate including businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
However, she has continued to praise Obamacare, reports Bloomberg
, saying the bill prohibits women from paying more for their coverage based on their gender.
Under the current employer mandate
, employers who have 50 or more full-time employees must offer health insurance coverage for people working 30 hours or more a week. It was originally set to begin in 2014, but was delayed until 2015/2016.
Under the rule, companies must provide insurance for at least 95 percent of full-time employees and their dependents up to the age of 26, or pay a fee by 2016. To avoid that, many employees have cut their employees' hours so they can avoid the high costs of the mandatory coverage.
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