This is True is a site for humorous anecdotes which sends out emails on amusing and/or lunatic things happening, mainly in the States. Couldn’t help thinking though that there was very little amusing about this one:
One of President Obama’s signature initiatives during his term is the Affordable Care Act, which critics deride as “Obamacare”. Among other things the law requires that larger employers must do more to provide health care coverage for their employees.
Contra Costa County, Calif., was pleased to announce it won a state grant to run one of three call centers, which would operate a hotline for taxpayers with questions about the benefits and responsibilities that the Affordable Care Act put into law.
In all, 7,000 people applied for the 200 jobs at the center. But the jobs aren’t as good as local politicians and job-seekers had anticipated: once everyone was hired and trained, the county notified the employees that half of their jobs will be part-time — or, as the county calls them, “intermittent” — and they thus won’t get benefits, such as health care.
If employees want health coverage, they’ll have to pay for it themselves at a cost of up to $2,900 per month. The job pays a maximum of $18.83 per hour. (RC/Contra Costa Times)
The immediate thought, for me, was not so much “utter bastds” but that the left might have a point here. It’s the utter failure to compute, to nut out whether something is viable or not which characterizes our pollies and bureaucrats with their brave new schemes which end up costing the taxpayer yet more.
At the same time, not to be able to afford healthcare would lead a left-leaning person to embrace and NHS but as we all know, the NHS is a nightmare of corruption and poor service.
So what’s the middling solution?