ObamaCare Causes Substitute Teacher Shortage

ObamaCare: It's making life worse everywhere.


The law of unintended consequences can pop up in the most surprising of places. Looks like schools need an exemption from ObamaCare.

It’s a problem that most school systems face, finding enough qualified substitute teachers.

“That’s difficult in itself to find the subs that we need,” says Marshall County School Superintendent Tim Nabors. “Of course we would love to have certified subs. But sometimes that’s difficult to obtain.”

Nabors says it could get worse next school year as the system becomes subject to the rules of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as the President calls it.

The law says anyone working more than 30 hours a week for the same employer must be offered health care benefits. That would apply to substitute teachers.

“When they can only work so many hours a week, it puts an even bigger burden on us,” Nabors says. “If those subs, if we have to have them, they work over that, we either have to offer them insurance or have to pay a fine, which of course hurts us.”

That means the existence of the substitute teacher becomes more precarious with fewer hours. Considering how difficult life can be for substitute teachers already, this will push more of them out while leaving school districts shorthanded.

ObamaCare: It's making life worse everywhere.