Universities are supposedly bastions of Obama support, but they're nonetheless finagling to get around restrictions imposed by his landmark healthcare bill.They're looking to avoid providing healthcare for educators who aren't tenured – the legions of adjunct professors on campuses across America. And they're doing it by slashing hours to below 30 a week, the cut-off point at which employers are required to provide medical benefits under Obamacare. It's a development met with harsh criticism by many in the academy, writes Walter Russell Mead at The American Interest. "I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law," said one instructor at an Ohio college who's seeing his hours capped. "We're working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example." It's one of the unfortunate "unintended consequences" of the landmark healthcare bill, says Mead, who takes college administrators to task for their "moral hypocrisy." "Universities are citadels of blue model thinking and most faculty members are relentlessly liberal in their politics," he states. "But the reality is that these same universities are some of the nastiest and most exploitative employers in America." Via The American Interest.
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