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ObamaCare impacting education

Bob Kellogg   ( Monday, December 03, 2012

A Pennsylvania community college is reportedly being forced to cut staff hours because of the mandates required by ObamaCare -- cuts that the school says it can't afford.

The Community College of Allegheny County plans on cutting hours for about 200 faculty and another 200 staff in a move thatl officials say will help spare the school about $6 million in expenses. But Elizabeth Stelle, a policy analyst with the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, cautions that the college's quality of education might suffer.

Stelle, Elizabeth (Commonwealth Foundation)"You may have a much more limited pool now of folks you can bring in and teach because of these restrictions," she states. "So, I definitely think it could especially hinder the quality of education that you get from people who have real-world experience."

As this trend continues, Stelle warns that universities may choose to dump their employees into the government healthcare exchanges, forcing those employees to pay for their own insurance through the exchange law.

"Again, you don't really solve the problem with access or affordability because there are a limited number of plans that will be available in the exchange," the analyst explains.

Research conducted by The Heritage Foundation shows that as many as 35 million Americans could be negatively impacted when ObamaCare is fully implemented.

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