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Unintended consequences are piling up tonight chief national correspondent Jim Angle looks at the -- states are cutting hours.
To avoid being forced to give their workers health care.
Virginia like many other states faces a difficult predicament obamacare would force it to provide insurance to anyone who worked more than thirty hours a week so like some fast food -- the state now plans to limit the hours -- part timers.
You know obamacare which I was very much opposed -- -- is now the law and we've got to find the ways to implement it in the least expensive and intrusive ways.
It would cost the commonwealth 110 million dollars which is not included in the budget.
So it's all about the money Virginia has a balanced budget amendment and if it's not in the budget.
And we can't afford it we don't cover it.
A statement rarely heard in Washington which now has sixteen trillion dollars in debt.
But democratic lawmakers from the state are not happy I think it's got to make a lot of institutions.
From ABC -- -- in the say what you state rather Virginia.
To our community college system those jobs are going to be a lot less attractive.
Nevertheless state officials say Virginia will now do what many businesses around part -- are doing cut their hours back to less than thirty a week.
You're gonna -- a lot of companies and a lot of other employers government and otherwise.
Saying hey what if we keep everybody at 29 hours a week.
And -- save a lot of money doing so.
And Virginia that will affect part timers who worked -- the Department of Motor Vehicles seasonal park Rangers state run alcohol stores and adjunct professors at Community Colleges.
The community college example is the perfect example.
There are four other community colleges and four other state not just Virginia who have already made this decision.
Some 9000 state employees -- -- insurance coverage either because they get it through a spouse or parent or don't want coverage.
These people were not getting insurance in the first place.
What these people want what every person who works wants is -- job.
Even if they don't need insurance though they took the job because they needed the -- com which will now be smaller.
It will have some people lose.
Wages and that is very unfortunate I know that people depend on it but in order to be compliant with the law -- these are decisions that -- have to make.
And that's one of the fears among critics of obamacare that whatever it does to health care it threatens to reduce the number of jobs.
And the number of hours that people work.
Shannon thank you down.
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