America needs better health insurance for part-timers

Chicago is gaining jobs. But too many are part-time without health insurance.

Today’s Trib reports on page 2 of the business section that Amazon is holding job fairs in Chicago and five other U.S. cities towards its goal of hiring more than 30,000 people, all full-time and with benefits. The article of course references tech hotshots but specifically includes $15 per hour warehouse processors.

A secondary article on the same page reports that Amazon is soon to open a huge delivery facility in Skokie employing hundreds of mostly part-time workers.

Huh? Which is it?

I’d guess that the full-timers will be mostly highly skilled workers but labor will be mostly part-time, no health insurance.

Same section reports on page 1 that Uber Technologies plans to hire 2,000 employees for Uber Freight, to be headquartered at The Old Post Office in Chicago.

It doesn’t specify whether employees in that location will be full-time or part-time. The professional specialties to be housed there may be primarily full-time, but Uber is all about exploiting all the people desperate for part-time work.

The many, many jobs that are part-time is an overlooked—but important—aspect of the employment picture.

So many jobs in an allegedly low-unemployment job market are part-time.

This means that many people have multiple part-time jobs and still don’t qualify for employer-sponsored health insurance.

This problem is largely unaddressed in the national discussion—or discussion avoidance—regarding the provision of health care.

It is utterly pathetic that people can work their butts off and still be denied affordable access to health care.

I work in a public library. I like my library just fine and am not singling it out. But if you look at the website listing library openings in the area, you’ll see that almost every nonmanagerial, nonsupervisory or non-highly professional job is part-time, no benefits.


Perhaps Medicare For All is the solution.

Or perhaps there is a way that private insurance, e.g., capitalism, can address the problem if only politicians other than the far left would develop solutions. Like where is the Republican party, a party that almost got it together to terminate Obamacare but couldn’t even begin to figure out how to substitute something else?

Yes, healthcare is an entitlement, especially for people who work.

The substitution of multiple part-time jobs without benefits in place of fewer full-time jobs with health coverage is an abomination. (Especially since it is so difficult allegedly to hire qualified employees.)

We’ve heard about preexisting conditions (though I don’t recall having heard about the implementation of solutions).

Now we need to hear more about health coverage for part-timers. Or about government incentives to combine all these part-time “opportunities” into full-time positions.

Yes, they say the economy is still performing fairly well. Yes, job creation continues. But the creation of part-time jobs at the expense of full-time jobs with health insurance is pathetic.

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