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Health care law could cost UNC system $46M

 

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After years of having its budget squeezed by state budget cuts and rising enrollments, the University of North Carolina system now faces a potential $46 million hit from the Affordable Care Act.

Starting next year, large employers must provide insurance for all employees who work more than 30 hours a week. The UNC system has 8,586 visiting professors, graduate assistants and others who meet that threshold but don’t qualify for coverage under the State Health Plan because they are considered non-permanent employees.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the university system would have to provide insurance to all of those workers. The average cost of state health insurance is about $5,400 per year, bringing the total potential cost to $46.4 million.

“This is an unfunded mandate that’s coming down on us,” said Charlie Perusse, chief operating officer for the UNC system and a former state budget director.

UNC administrators say they might reduce the hours for many of the temporary workers to fewer than 30 per week to dodge the health care law’s coverage requirement.

“We’re (also) going to seek legislation from the General Assembly that would allow us to create a more cost-effective health care plan that still meets ACA coverage requirements but would cost us about $2,000 less per employee,” Perusse said.

Gov. Pat McCrory said the UNC impact is another example of the troubles with the health care law.

“The implementation of Affordable Care Act does have some very negative consequences on government operations in addition to the private sector,” McCrory said.

Keeping you informed . . .  

 

President Obama, speaking this past week, said: 

 ”I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.

And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions” 

 

Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley,

an Obama supporter,

 is warning of the danger to our form of government. 

 

“The danger is quite severe.

The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system.

He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.

“And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction.” (House hearing, December 3, 2013)

Coupled with Holder using the US Department of Justice to pick and choose which laws he will enforce (or not), based solely on the political agenda of his party.

As Republicans–as citizens of the United States of America–we must recognize that these powers are not being used in a benign way to uphold the law or advance the traditional values that have allowed our country to thrive.

Our President and his Attorney General are not on a mission to “protect and defend the constitution and laws” of our nation.

They are, as promised,

focused on

fundamentally changing this country.

On every level, our influence on the world scene is being compromised.

Our government seems intent on destabilization

in the Middle East. 

There is a systematic purging of anything Christian from the federal level. And, increasingly, those regulations are being pushed down to the states.

North Carolina, and other conservative states led by Republican governors and legislatures, are the front line in this battle. 

How important are 2014 elections for control of the US Senate and state legislatures?

I can’t imagine where this will end if conservatives are unable to win a majority in the Senate. 

In North Carolina that means all-out to defeat Kay Hagan, retain control of the NC Supreme Court, and our state legislature.

Please help us! We are building a team for 2014,

and we need you!!

Your time or your money.

Both are needed!

 

Linda Devore

Chair

Cumberland County GOP

lindev@aol.com

910 584-1633 (c)

Post Office Box 87062

Fayetteville, NC  28303