Video: NJPP’s Raymond Castro Explains That Cutting Hours to Avoid Obamacare Penalties is Counter-Productive

September 5th, 2013  |  by  |  Published in Blog, Health Care  |  1 Comment


NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro was featured on NJTV’s NJ Today news program Wednesday night on a segment detailing how some New Jersey towns are cutting employee hours to prepare for the employer mandate provision of health care reform. But as Castro notes, cuts to employee hours to avoid Obamacare penalties are counter-productive.

“The economics just don’t work. When you convert someone to a part-time position, that creates all kinds of additional costs such as you’re going to have less skilled workers, you have to provide more training. There are a lot of additional costs,” Castro said. “Is it really worth it to convert a position like that so you can avoid only a $2,000 penalty?”

Castro says tax credits will reduce some costs for employers and exchanges will offer affordable health care options for individuals.

“Even with those employers who decide to cut back, the employee is going to be covered. They will still be able to go to the exchange,” Castro said.

Help us help New Jersey's working families. Make a tax-deductible donation today.


  1. skip3house says:

    September 7th, 2013at 12:55 PM(#)

    Sure might help with an individual example(s?) of how Obamacare/ACA will actually cut costs for employees/employers, both.
    Only ‘you/NJPP’ can bring the needed facts, by way of numbers we can relate to.
    Seems true the administration cannot get beyond running a lemonade stand, if that?
    Offset Aetna and other ‘Anti-Trust Exempt’ health insurers spreading misleading info!
    (My earlier email below)

    NJTV 9/4/2013
    Please prepare a comeback to ‘Jeff Shansager?’ small business man who said right after you ‘ Obamacare has exponentially raised his employee premiums……..’ ??
    Would be interesting to get his figures to point out the insurers are raising prices before Obamacare cuts them?

Leave a Response

Contact Us

Mail: PO Box 22766, Trenton, NJ 08607
Office: 137 W. Hanover St., Trenton, NJ 08618
PH: 609-393-1145

Click Here To Contact Us

NJPP is a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network and the State Priorities Partnership

Support NJPP

NJPP is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. That means we do not engage in elections or partisan politics, and your contributions are tax-deductible.

Please consider a donation to NJPP.

Connect With NJPP