Friday, September 6, 2013

Economic News

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.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Despite its many flaws, I think this kind of plan is a step in the right direction. The US is so behind other well-developed countries when it comes to healthcare (distribution, not technology), and it's really terrible.

Miriam said...

Ugh, the government is way too big. If the Constitution doesn't specifically say the federal government has the right to do something, it doesn't...though Obama doesn't seem to care. He thinks he can do whatever the flip he wants because he's the king of everything. -_-

GameOverTown said...

I'm confused. Aren't you going back to seminary school?

Anonymous said...

Miriam, your comment doesn't seem to flow very well... You comment on the size of the government and then talk about President Obama completely ignoring the Constitution...ok? Hold it, are you one of those gun-totin' constitution-humping tea billies?

Sammy said...

I agree with you Miriam. Big government just makes things worse for us Americans, even though a lot of people don't understand. ~Sam

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't understand that? It seems to be pretty well-known that big government makes things bad for everyone. Just look at China. We should divide the US into 2 separate countries and let the South secede like they've been wanting to.

Anonymous said...

ok, I don't get why can't people just say "If I could go to the past or future I would choose both because they are both good." instead of saying "the books are so much better" or "It doesn't even have to do anything about the books so I'll get it but I won't even like a single thing about it" my guess is that you'll love the whole thing and then when someone asks you what you thought of it you would just say "oh I hated it...the whole thing was stupid." and another example: that was what, two centuries ago, I mean, why the heck would the south want to secede anymore. And yes, this would be biased but you could ask 1,000 people in random who live in the North, and they'd say there really isn't a reason. One last thing though left this anon for a reason... ~THE Witch with a b

Anonymous said...

... what?

Anonymous said...

@ ~THE Witch with a b:

What are you on and can I have some?

Msspiritdancer said...

Michael? Aren't you in seminary? Did you leave?

Anonymous said...

I don't like it that the US is turning into a socialist state.

Anonymous said...

fun fact: I'm not on anything, and if I was, no you can't have it because that would just make you even more stupid than what you are now for asking that. Your friend, THE Witch with a B (and notice I put a capitol b instead of lower case because obviously you didn't notice what that means)

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:06 anon, look at how many European countries are more socialist and look at how much better they're doing. Don't be afraid of a word!