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House To Vote Thursday On 30-Hour Work Week Bill

The new Republican Congress will be sworn in tomorrow, and a Hoosier-authored change to the federal health care law will be the first agenda item.

The House plans to vote Thursday on a bill to roll back the health care law’s redefinition of full-time work as 30 hours a week.

Ninth District Congressman Todd Young, R-Indiana, is co-authoring the bill for a second straight Congress.

Young estimates the change would cost part-time workers $75 billion in lost earnings. And he says the trade-off of getting more workers insured isn't worth it.

"The new threshold has incentivized employers, who often times cannot afford government-sanctioned health insurance to all the employees, to drop their hourly workers down from say 39 or 38 hours below that 30 hour threshold," Young says.

Young says the Congressional Budget Office calculates the 30-hour standard would add fewer than half-a-million workers to the insurance rolls.

He also predicts bipartisan support. Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski is Young’s co-author in the House, while Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly authored a Senate version of the bill in the last Congress.

But Young says it’s not clear whether President Obama will sign or veto the bill.

The 30-hour standard hasn't taken effect yet, due to the delay in the law’s employer mandate.

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