House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the House GOP leadership are throwing their support behind Indiana Representative Todd Young’s bill that would redefine full-time workers under the Affordable Care.
Under current law, employers with 50 or more employees must provide all full time workers with health care coverage, and full time is defined as anyone working more than 30 hours per week.
Representative Young’s bill would change that definition to forty hours per week—something he says would help workers whose work hours have recently been cut back
“It’s time we start to replace the most egregious provisions of Obamacare that are hurting American worker,” Young says.
At a joint-press conference today, Speaker Boehner said the thirty-hour work week is causing many lower income workers to lose their jobs and is crippling the American middle class.
“A key part of this is the health care law and the thirty hour rule, which has become a significant barrier to job growth in our country,” Boehner said.
The Senate is proposing a 25 percent wage increase, but Republicans argue that it is not enough to compensate for the decrease in work hours and rise in health care costs.
“These aren’t high income workers, on balance these are cafeteria workers, these are substitute teachers, these are adjunct professors, these are folks who help us in terms of serving at restaurants, on balance these are folks who can least afford to see a cut in their take-home pay,” Young said.
The House could vote on Young’s bill as early as this week. It would then go to the Senate where it would likely face more resistance.