The New York Times has an article on the perils of part time work this morning. In short, employers expect people to be on call all of the time with very unpredictable hours. If you ask for more consistent hours, you might find your hours cut even further. Just go read it. It’s a nightmare.
Couple that with Obamacare. You HAVE to have an insurance policy or pay a penalty. But if you don’t have a consistent income from week to week, you don’t have the money to pay for the policy. And if you don’t make enough money, you don’t get a subsidy, as I found out earlier this year. So, to recap, the precariat worker is doubly screwed, triply screwed if they live in a state that doesn’t expand Medicaid.
So, to all of you lefties out there who just can’t understand why the working class is not enamored with the expensive, low coverage plans that they can’t afford anyway, wake up before it’s too late. This is a disaster in the making.
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