In a move practically dripping with irony — or perhaps it’s just cosmic justice — Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County is trying to dodge the costs being imposed on it by Obamacare by slashing the hours of more than 400 adjunct professors, support staff and part-time instructors.
Once again, the Affordable Care Act is proving to be anything but affordable.
But this seems to be the first public school to announce that it is joining the ranks of numerous businesses across the country in cutting back hours of part-time workers.
Colleges, of course, are typically hotbeds of liberalism, and college professors are among the most consistent supporters of President Obama. Talk about reaping what you sow.
It seems unlikely that Pennsylvania’s CCAC will be the last college to make such cuts. Obamacare mandates health insurance coverage for full-time employees, defined as anyone working at least 30 hours per week.
Any employer not complying has to pay a hefty fine. Employees who don’t get coverage from their employers are still required to pay for health insurance, however, or face the IRS.
“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.
The college estimates it will save at least $6 million per year.
Union reps have already eyed this as an opportunity to expand their power by unionizing part-time professors. The buzzards aren’t even waiting for a carcass on this one.
The college joins a long list of organizations including Papa John’s, Denny’s, Xerox and many more that are being forced to cut employee hours and eliminate jobs for the sake of President Obama’s political legacy.
That list is just going to keep growing.