Monday, April 7, 2014

Donnelly and Collins Join Forces on 40-Hour Work Week Senate Bill

Moderate Democrat Joe Donnelly and moderate Republican Susan Collins are jointly sponsoring a Senate bill that would amend the Affordable Care Act's 30-hour per week definition of full-time employment back to the almost universally accepted 40 hours. The House just passed a similar bill on a bipartisan vote. The ACA 30-hour work week has been an element that has made healthcare reform difficult for businesses to manage; Collins and Donnelly say they know of businesses that have manipulated their employees' hours to avoid the full-time status which requires the provision of insurance. The fate of the bipartisan bill in the Senate is unknown, but it does show Donnelly's skill at identifying moderate positions that can appeal to both sides and that can enhance the acceptance of ACA. Read more about the bipartisan bill here.