The New Healthcare Law Strikes AgainSubmitted by R_Michael on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:51
My 28 year old stepson, who has Downs Syndrome, is employed at what is called a "sheltered workshop". These are places that employ people with either cognitive or physical limitations that may prevent them from working in most other environments. This particular organization is a non-profit which specializes in packaging work in their physical plant. This type of work is perfect for people like our son. It is simple repetitive work, no doubt, but it does keep him active and engaged. And it also allows him to earn some money.
Today he came home with a memo from the 'company'. They have explained that all employees will now work one hour less a week. The reason? Well, apparently if they continued to work their normal 30 hour work week, then this organization would be forced to either provide 'affordable health insurance' or face monthly fines for each employee they have. They explained in the memo that either option would mean the end of their organization.
Now the cost of this absurdity goes way beyond a mere loss of an hours wage each week, which is bad enough for these very low income individuals. Most of these individuals cannot drive, and therefore must count on other means of transportation. Now all their families must scramble to make arrangements as best they can. This is just one more straw on the camels back.. but it is one that makes my blood boil.