The Weekly Standard, not something I regularly read, has a story today with this scary headline:
Missouri School District Hit With $150,000 Bill for Obamacare
The school district is Jefferson City’s.
The Right is correct: Obamacare is increasing insurance costs!
Well now, let’s actually look at the actually story.
First, we have no idea what the $150,000/year increase is for the entire health insurance costs of the Jefferson City district.
Actually, it is not that the health insurance plan has caused an increase of $150,000, but it is the provision in the ACA that requires health insurance for people who work more than 28 hours per week.
Apparently there are 25 “substitutes” in the district that work more than 28 hours per week and now have to be covered.
How “terrible” is this? Do you really want to send your child to a school where the teacher may come to school sick because he/she doesn’t have health insurance or do you want to send you child to a district where all the teachers have health insurance?
Of course, if you work more than 28 hours per week as a teacher, what other part time job will you get that actually does offer insurance?