August 14, 2013
Will Teachers Like Obamacare?
As a school board member for the Fort Bend Independent School District, the seventh largest district in Texas, I have listened for months as our chief financial officer discussed the impact that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, will have on our budget. As most thinking people would predict, it will be a disaster. The negative impact on the quality of education that every school district will face will be huge. Although cowardly and political, the decision to delay the employer mandate will spare our budget for this year. Prior to the delay of the employer mandate, cost estimates to the district budget as a result of Obamacare were approximately $4 million /year. These figures are additional costs to our school district alone, and are the result of compliance costs, penalties, fees, increased cost of insuring substitute teachers and other employees, and additional coverage mandated under Obamacare. Within the State of Texas,...(Read Full Post)