Part-time Workers Deserve Full-time Health Care
The skyrocketing number of part-time workers in America with limited access to health care and
how the Senate’s plan could make it worse
The Rising Number of Part-time Workers
A significant portion of the American workforce is working part-time and in the declining economy, even
more full-time workers are becoming involuntarily part-time. These workers have less access to health
care than their full-time counterparts, and the Senate health care bill, if passed as written, will only
• One in four American workers worked less than
35 hours a week in 2009. Percentage of American
Workers Working Part-time
• In the last 40 years, the number of full-time jobs
increased by 76 percent while the number of
part-time jobs skyrocketed by 121 percent.
• Increasing numbers of workers have been forced
into part-time work because of a lack of full-time
positions. The number of workers working
part-time for economic reasons increased by 86
percent to 7.3 million between April 2006 and
Problems with the Senate Bill
accelerate this process.
• As many as 22 million American workers could be at risk of having work hours
reduced by employers trying to avoid penalties under the Senate bill. These hour
reductions not only reduce access to health care, they also reduce the amount of income
these workers have - driving more families into poverty and onto state and federal
• Incentivizes the hiring a largely part-time workforce to eliminate company
responsibility for health care costs.
• Forces low-income employees into high-deductible company-provided insurance.
• Provides no minimum standard for employer-provided plans.
• Makes few, if any, employees eligible for tax credits to purchase better insurance
through a health insurance exchange.
How to Fix the Bill
• Include a proportional contribution for part-time workers of
• Create a minimum benefit standard for plans to qualify as
employer-based coverage, like the standard for plans in the exchange.
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