By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Over the last five years, the number of people who wanted full-time jobs but worked part-time has more than doubled, rising to 2.75 million in June 2013 from 1.1 million in January 2008.
That has raised the question of whether employers are hiring more part-timers so they won’t have to provide health insurance to people who work 30 hours a week or less, which is the threshold for a full-time worker under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“Obamacare increases the cost of full-time employment,” said Cato Institute Senior Fellow Mike Tanner, who has written a book on Obamacare. “It’s only logical that some employers would seek to avoid the increased cost by reducing full-time employment and hiring part-time workers instead.”