More part-time jobs not a good sign, some economists say

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    I asked my doctor about it. We're still at the tip of the ice berg. The feds want the ability to look at our files. Free access. No warrant. No court. No judges. They will have access to all of our healthcare documentation....for what?! The answer they claim is to help us. Sure they can use it to help us. They can also use it to harm us. Look what has happened with the IRS. Anyone who dared to oppose democrats or liberals were immediately investigated by the IRS. They performed audits, looking for anything to stick it to you. That's chilling. That's too much government. Then you have Eric Holder, who refused to look into it. His job is to enforce the law, not to determine which laws helps his political party the most.

    It's time for regime change! The time is now!

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    July 10, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    As someone once said, "To fundamentally change America you must first unmake America" Well here we go.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    July 10, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    All that's required to learn the scope of the problem is to walk down the street, any street, and ask house-to-house what impact has ObamaCare had on your workplace. It doesn't matter whether they're employers of employees, most everyone's workplace has been affected by this ill-conceived law.

    In a conversation with my physician that began with me asking him how he'd been, he described how doctors' workload has increased by 30 per cent due to new ObamaCare requirements. It turns out the additional documentation is required not merely for ACA patients, but for every patient. As a result, doctors can handle 30% less patients. The obvious solution would be to take less time with each patient to maintain the same patient load, but even that won't work, since a good deal of the documentation requires interviewing the patient.

    Another (unintended?) side effect: doctors are now measured on patient improvement. A good thing, right? Sure, unless you are elderly or chronically ill, and likely to get worse instead of better over time. He predicts that doctors will be forced to shed non-improving patients to avoid ACA censure.

    Should've read the bill....

  • sally Kearns, UT
    July 10, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Here are the options I am observing--Full time on a contract(includes medical, etc. benefits has now become more than 40 hours, usually closer to 50 plus hours. At least hopefully there is enough cash to cover the bills. Part time/ full time hourly low wages employment with the addition of welfare benefits, either government and/or religious charity help. I did an analysis on a family living just above minimum wage combined with government and religious charity combined (they had school loans to pay)so the addition of religious charity to cover those costs they are able to cover those loans. Well, with the use of Medicaid (baby birth costs)etc. housing subsidy, utilities, food and paper goods (from religious charity or food bank) and rebate from yearly tax return, they needed an income of at least $50,000 to replace what they are now receiving. It is almost tempting to go hourly so one has time to have a home life.

  • UtahDemocrat Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    A sudden flux of part time jobs in June could mean: 1- a faltering economy based on lies, or 2- the beginning of summer with the market responding to high school and college students looking for a few extra bucks. One cause is more juicy, but the other is more likely.

    As for the "stats" that led the author to conclude that one in four American workers only has a part time job, that ignores the reality that many part time workers (and even a few full time workers) have multiple jobs, so the part-time prevalence is further reduced.

    Settling for a part time job or three is certainly not ideal, especially when you're trying to support a family. But this article stretches stats into a flimsy soapbox for bashing the current administration.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    Remember when they were passing the new tax obamacare, or wait a minute the public was told it isn't a tax, until they argued to the supreme court then it is a tax.

    Remember when Obama got up with his smug face, thumbing his nose at anyone he opposed him or actually dared to question it. Remember how he used the bully pulpit to threaten any opposition. Remember when he told us, that good jobs will be the result of his hideous bill? The same promise that was given from stimulus I, stimulus II, the Summer of Jobs, obamacare....we were told unemployment would be down to 5% in the matter of months. The morons bought into it. We now have $9 Trillion more Obama debt. Doesn't matter what Bush did, that was also stupid, however Obama single handily doubled the debt. His second term isn't up yet. How pathetic are we as voters are? How stupid are we to reelect this moron, along with Pelosi, reid and the other ilk.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    Makes the jobs number look better than it is. A person once working 1 full time job now works two part-time jobs. The economy is not recovering as the govt. wants you to believe it is. Jobs are up, stock market is up, yet GDP is down. Someone please explain how that is possible.

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    July 10, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    Well, at least there was one thing the president did not lie about.

    He promised he would "fundamentally transform America".

    Now we are seeing it in increasing fashion.

    Permanent damage has been done. The pathetic republicans sit around and have watched the dictator do it too.

    Politicians on both sides of the isle repeatedly deliver poor results for the average citizen. That is why many of them are in politics, because they would fail in any other business that actually expected positive tangible results.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 10, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Of course it's not a good sign! My husband's been out of full-time work for five months now, and is working two part-time jobs that used to be full-time. They shifted to fewer hours to avoid Obamacare. Every job I've applied for has also told me the same thing: "Sorry, we can offer only part-time work, so we don't have to provide any benefits."