In the news this week, Obamacare is...happening? The news stations were talking about it, but I wasn't able to catch any specific details.
Well, okay, I caught some specific details, but they were all about Labor Day specifically, not Obamacare. Here's what I heard:
Half the jobs in the United States pay less than $27,000 per year. Which includes my job. Technically, I'm living below poverty levels, although there was only one month this year where me being unable to get food to eat was a distinct possibility. The people at my other job, a St. Vincent de Paul food shelter, were able to help me out.
Yes, I work at a food shelter even though I live below the poverty level.
Anyway, it seems that Obamacare is working to remedy the horrible poverty level, by changing the definition of "full time job" from 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week. This means there will be more full time workers, so there will be more people who get full time benefits, such as health care insurance.
Contract employees like myself get squat.
As you may know, business like hiring part time workers, instead of full time workers, because it's cheaper to not give employees benefits or liveable wages. That's also why businesses like to hire unpaid interns. A lot of these businesses have responded to Obamacare by dropping all their 39-hours-a-week employees down to 29-hours-a-week. That way they're still technically part time workers. So...their job status hasn't changed, and now they're getting paid less than before. Like, 25% less.
The, erm, good news is that this means companies are hiring even more part time workers than before. So it should be easier for all the unemployed people to find jobs. That's good for people like me, who are hovering awkwardly between "not considered employed" and "still not considered as unemployed". Geez, US Government, decide if I have a real job or not, will you? If I don't, please stop taxing me like I do. If I do, stop making me list myself as "other" on all employment forms.