Last month, one of Colorado’s largest universities announced limits on the amount of hours student employees are able to work to satisfy requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. In a debate for one of the most competitive U.S. Senate seats in the nation, Democrat Senator Mark Udall said he would vote for Obamacare today all over again.
On September 30, The University of Colorado-Boulder announced as part of its ‘Student Hourly Employee Work Hours Policy’ that undergraduate and graduate students are limited to a part-time schedule, with the graduate students having to comply with more stringent rules. The press release noted the new policy was enacted to comply with ACA regulations.
“The ‘Student Hourly Employee Work Hours Policy’ limits student employees to a maximum of 25 hours per week (or 50 hours per bi-weekly pay period) during the fall and spring semesters and to 40 hours per week (or 80 hours per bi-weekly pay period) during the summer.
“Please note: existing policies which apply to graduate and international students will continue to limit them to 20 hours per week during the academic year. The policy does not affect students working in non-University off-campus jobs, though we encourage students to prioritize their academics first when considering outside work commitments.
“After the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the campus took the opportunity to examine the number of hours student employees were working per week and has established a policy which sets the maximum number of hours a student employee can work during a bi-weekly pay period.”
“Yes, yes, I would have voted again…Sure if I was there as we all are, hindsight is 20/20, there are some changes I would have made, and I’m happy to share those with you today or on the campaign trail.”
Udall’s GOP challenger, Cory Gardner, who only trails the Democrat by single digits, slammed him for the answer, pointing out that 340,000 Coloradans have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare.
“The primary promises that were made in Obamacare, Senator Udall repeated every single one of them, that if you like your healthcare plan, you could keep your healthcare plan.
“340,000 Coloradans found out. He didn’t say that, ‘If I like your health care plan, you can keep it.’ He said, ‘If you like your health care plan you can keep it.’ Turned out not to be true.”
Photo: U.S. Congress/Colorado Public Radio
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