The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide insurance only for people who work more than 30 hours a week, and
President Obama continues to say that people who like their health coverage can keep it. That is not how the state Senate is interpreting the law, observes Joiner, calling it a hit to teachers’ morale as well as their pocketbooks.
“I provide my own health care and my husband’s health care, so that right there is a huge impact,” she said. “You’re telling somebody that they’re not worth it anymore. After having the insurance for 16 years, when you’ve worked for schools in the state of Washington, what kind of respect is that?”
Teachers, nurses, Teamsters and other labor groups oppose it. AFT Washington has said almost all part-time faculty members would lose their group health coverage. Health insurance has been one of the only employee benefits for instructors in an era when state-funded colleges and universities have cut most faculty positions to part-time.