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Forum Post: 18-pages of regulations just to describe what a "full-time employee" is???

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 10, 2012, 10:37 p.m. EST by zerowageslave (2) from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
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Paul Bedard

Washington Secrets

The Washington Examiner


One of the most-anticipated new federal regulations governing which companies will be required to provide health insurance under Obamacare has finally landed--with a thud.

In the latest indication of how complicated putting the Affordable Care Act into action will be, the Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service issued 18-pages of regulations just to describe what a "full-time employee" is. Of note, to the Feds a full-time employee works an average of just 30 hours a week, not the normally accepted 40 hours.

The IRS rule is key because companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined. Business groups have been warning that small companies might try to replace full-time workers with part-time help to avoid being forced to offer health insurance in 2014, but the 30-hour full-time definition is likely to undermine those plans.

The lengthy 18-page definition caught some in the business world by surprise. "It's scary," said Randy Johnson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president for labor, immigration, and employee benefits. "It's just a small example of two words under our healthcare law of 2,700-pages," he said, adding: "It says to me things are awfully complicated."

Johnson noted the new Obamacare ruling to demonstrate how oppressive federal regulations have become on American business. At a press conference to discuss the costs of regulations and state of the economy, Johnson said that Obama has added 11,327 new pages of federal rules and regulations.




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[-] 1 points by trashyharry (1246) from Waterville, NY 1 year ago

Single Payer Health Care-For Profit Health Insurance Illegal-END OF PROBLEM!

[-] 1 points by zerowageslave (2) from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 1 year ago

Yea? How many pages to lay that plan out? About 500,000 pages of blinding rules and regs.

"The more the plans fail, the more the planners plan" - Ronald Reagan

[-] 1 points by trashyharry (1246) from Waterville, NY 1 year ago

People in business really don't have time to deal with the insurance issues anymore.Business people in other countries are not obliged to do it,because ALL of those issues are the responsibility of the insured person, a government agency,and a not for profit insurance company.An increase in tax would have to be carried by everyone-that's what Americans don't like.However,we reached the point quite some time ago where it would be CHEAPER to just pay the tax because paying a higher tax consumes money,but not TIME which is worth triple the money paid in tax.

[-] 1 points by zerowageslave (2) from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 1 year ago

Hell, congress doesn't have time to deal with it either? They pass 3000 page bills that they don't even read.

State central planning is working so swell, huh?