U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, said he filed an amendment to the unemployment insurance extension bill to define full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act as 40 hours per week.
The law requires employers provide health insurance to employees working 30 hours per week or more.
“Obamacare will destroy the 40-hour work week as we know it,” Scott said in a statement. “Thanks to Obamacare, not only will these workers not have health insurance, but they will no longer have full-time jobs. I’ve heard from several employers and workers in South Carolina, representing institutions as large as Clemson University and as small as a local surf shop, who are suffering the consequences of the 30-hour definition."