Obamacare Hurting Our Kids: Causes Substitute Teacher Shortage in Alabama District

If you at all followed the passage of Obamacare you’ll remember that Obama arbitrarily defined down a “full time worker” from a 40-hour-a-week job to 30 hours. This meant that many employers cut the hours of their part time workers to under 30 hours a week so they wouldn’t be stuck for the budget crushing requirements of Obamacare. Now that cut in hours is making substitute teachers scarce in Autauga County, Alabama.

The school district had been giving substitute teachers 5-day jobs in classrooms across the county, but now that Obamacare has forced the district to cut employees and make sure part time teachers are given less than 30 hours a week, schools have found that they have a shortage of substitutes.

This is also interrupting the kids’ education there.

Superintendent Spence Agee says the shortage is due to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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The law requires large employers to provide insurance for employees working more than 30 hours a week. Due to the requirement, the schools have had to cut back on substitutes’ hours, only allowing them to work three days a week instead of the previous possible five.

“It’s sad for those ladies who are now just sitting at home because they aren’t doing it for the money. I can’t tell you how many of them have said when I’m at the Junior High, I have a purpose. It’s important to give people a purpose,” Rowe said.

“Many of our substitutes are military spouses or retired teachers who have insurance, and they’re saying we’ll sign anything, just give me a piece of paper to sign that I don’t want insurance. We have substitute teachers that want and depend on this money. So it’s hurting substitutes,” Agee said. “I hate it. I hate for the teachers who are being pulled in so many directions. I hate it for the children who get disbursed to other classrooms.”

Agee says it all boils down to the bottom line. Failing to comply could cost the district $2 million in fines, but paying for insurance for substitute teachers isn’t possible as it would tack on up to $10,000 per person.

The disaster that is Obamacare continues on its path of destruction.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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