- In 2015, Obamacare imposes a penalty on large employers, requiring them to offer full-time employees (those working at least 30 hours/week) health insurance or pay a fine. Many employers have responded by reducing their employees' hours to less than 30/week.
- If an employer offers health insurance to full-time employees, those employees cannot access taxpayer subsidies in the Obamacare exchanges. However, part-time employees whose employers don’t offer healthcare insurance have access to those subsidies.
A Mulligan points out, simple economics would dictate reducing the number of full-time employees, increasing the number of part-time employees, and not offering healthcare insurance to part-time employees. In addition, those workers would be likely to seek only part-time work because it provides access to the federal subsidies in the Obamacare exchanges.
- In 1975, the majority of full-time work in the United States was performed by men. Many women didn’t participate in the workforce or performed part-time jobs.
- In 2013, only 18% of employed women were working part time. 82% of employed women had full-time jobs.
Forget “bending the cost curve down.” Obamacare is beating women back, as women are currently 200% more likely to hold part-time jobs (that is, 30-39 hours/week). Under Obamacare, these jobs most likely will be reduced to 29 hours/week due to Obamacare incentives.
So, who’s really waging the so-called “War on Women”?
Let the discussion begin…
To read Casey Mulligan’s study, click on the following link:
"How Obamacare Begets Gender Inequality."