Economics, Health Care

Confused professors shocked schools are cutting their hours to avoid Obamacare penalties

Barack Obama is a former adjunct professor of constitutional law, and no group has been more solidly supportive of his liberal agenda than the professorial class. So it is a sweet irony that the latest group getting hammered by the mandates of Obamacare are … wait for it … adjunct professors.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors. [...] The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to offer a minimum level of health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week or more starting in 2014, or face a penalty. The mandate is a particular challenge for colleges and universities, which increasingly rely on adjuncts to help keep costs down as states have scaled back funding for higher education.

A handful of schools, including Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University in Ohio, have curbed the number of classes that adjuncts can teach in the current spring semester to limit the schools’ exposure to the health-insurance requirement.

The professors are understandably confused. Robert Balla, an adjunct professor of English at Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio received a letter in which he was told that “in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act…employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week.” He told the Journal that the move cut his $40,000 salary by about $2,000 and that he cannot afford health insurance.

“I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law,” Mr. Balla said. “In education, we’re working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example.”

A spokeswoman for Stark State explained the realities of the market. The new rules were necessary “to maintain the fiscal stability of the college. There are a lot of penalties involved if adjuncts go over their 29 hours-per-week average. The college can be fined and the fines are substantial.”

Really? Substantial penalties? You don’t say.

You can just imagine the outraged conversations in the faculty lounge now: “We’re professors. I thought stuff like this only happened to manual laborers at Wendy’s and Taco Bell!”

Looks like the academy is finally getting a lesson in the costs of big government liberalism.

53 thoughts on “Confused professors shocked schools are cutting their hours to avoid Obamacare penalties

    • I love it too. I even loved it more when I realized that the fast food organizations set the trend and the colleges have followed. hahahhahahahahahaha We told you so.

  1. Great thing that they feel the impact. Its fitting since sooo many teachers want to teach their political views to kids rather than sticking to the facts. They have forgotten that the podium they stadn at is there to provide an education and NOT to indoctrinate a generation into any particular way of thinking.
    Anyone responsible for voting obama can take the bite in the wallet on this.

  2. A friend of mine says that a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged, yet. Let’s hope some leftist professors think they’ve just been pick-pocketed.

    Maybe punctuation would help me understand the article’s headline?

  3. This isn’t just the restaurant companies cutting hours. I work for one of the leading movie theatre companies in the country ( Crown as their logo) and they already last year made full time employees go down to part time status. And now talks are underway and they are going to cut all part time employees down to 25 hours. I agree with a post on one site that said people need to start boycotting these companies that are cutting employee hours. These reduction in hours lead to health issues with food being served (if server is sick and cant take off work), customer service in all aspects going down. Basically you won’t be getting the service you pay for anymore. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!! You think the country is in bad shape now wait till another year goes by and you see where we are at with unemployement, people’s hours cut , etc…

    • So, introuble, you’re joining in the complain-fest against companies trying to stay solvent. The argument should be made against Obama and big-government. It is not, nor has it ever been, the job of the government to provide insurance coverage. Safety-nets are the responsibility of charitable organizations.

  4. HELLO—- I find it interesting that there is clear division in our perspectives on the validity of educational achievements/attainments and the people ( tenured or not) who are responsible for this transition. Don’t you get it ? This is not REALLY about either !

  5. I resent the comments from some people who posted assuming that all college professors are Marxists and teach our political views to kids. Are you kidding me? What ignorant remarks those are. I am an adjunct professor in a local college who loves teaching. Do I teach my political views? Heck no. Never have and never will. Did I ask for the Affordable Care Act? No. So don’t tell me I got “what I asked for.” . My teaching hours are being reduced. Yes, I will earn less money but it saddens me that I cannot teach as many classes as I would like since, guess what, I love teaching. Now because of Obama Care, the college will have to hire a multitude of yet more adjunct professors. This in itself will cause a new boatload of problems for the college

  6. they weren’t confused at any time. they are venal and stupid. the fed gov can have absolutely NOTHING to do with the economy. that was the mistake of the founders and subsequent administrations from the whigs (from which Lincoln the dictator sprung) thru the communist (sorry – progressive) regimes of the 20th century. it only and ever leads to massive corruption which attracts the likes of Obama and Bloomberg. economic controls of any kind can only be imposed at the local level although there should be none, period, ever for the same reason that it leads to corruption among weak people (which most of us will succumb to given the opportunity). Only property owners and others who have a massive stake in economic success should have the franchise (right to vote). unfettered democracy is a disaster. etc etc

    • “Hateful Republicans” ???? Did you read the article? They mention Youngstown State University from the Youngstown , Ohio area. Extremely Left wing Youngstown, Ohio!! Many offices don’t even have a Republican or Conservative candidate on the ticket when it’s time to vote in Youngstown, Ohio!! What you are reading is the direct result of over empowering left wing government LIBERALISM, sponsored by the Democrat Party and the rest of the ignorant.

  7. What nobody seeems to realize is that even adjuncts who work 30 hours per week are not working 30 hours per week every week, by virtue of the academis calendar. They may work 30 hours over the course of two 16-week semesters, maybe again over an 8-week summer session, but they are NOT working 30 hours per week, 52 weeks of the year. They are, in effect, seasonal employees who should not be subject to the restricted hours of the Affordable Care Act.

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