There we go again. The Obama administration just introduced its umpteenth delay of a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act. This time it’s yet another delay to the employer mandate. The employer mandate, of course, was a terrible idea from the start: it undermines the individual market and doubles down on job lock. What made it even worse is that it applies only to workers who work for 30 hours a week or more.
The administration has finally started to comprehend what that means. Politico reports: “The shift is meant to “ease the transition to a 30-hour week,” a senior Treasury official said.” That’s right: the 30-hour work week is coming to America. After being out-hawked by France in Libya, Mali and Syria, the administration now openly admits that it wants to facilitate a shorter work week than even French socialists stand for. Can’t we at least try 35 hours first, see how that goes, and take it from there?
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