Obamacare has been under a consistent attack from Republicans since its creation, and while President Barack Obama said he’s open to making “responsible changes to the Affordable Care Act to make it work better,” former White House senior adviser David Axelrod said compromise is key. And while on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Axelrod pointed directly at the definition of full-time workers under the law.
“I think the key is to say, ‘Are there areas in which they can work?’” Axelrod said. “Is it, you know, the number of hours from 30 to 40 in terms of how people are categorized for the program and what businesses have to do, whether a 30-hour week is enough to qualify for the program or whether you need more hours, those are things they ought to be able to compromise on.”
Republicans have said the 30-hour definition of full-time employment that triggers employer-required health insurance is an incentive for employers to reduce workers’ hours.