Tue., Dec. 10, 2013
Obamacare blamed for reduction in dump service
Boundary County, Idaho, is cutting the number of hours people can drop off garbage for the county landfill because of health care reform, the county said in a news release today.
Here's how the news release put it:
"Due to increased expenses of the Federally Mandated Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, Boundary County is forced to reduce the hours of operation at our monitored solid waste disposal/collection sites."
The new hours will be 9-5 seven days a week, versus the current hours of 8-6.
The release doesn't explain the connection between the Affordable Care Act and dump hours, and workers in the solid waste and planning and zoning departments for the rural Idaho county couldn't elaborate either.
We're waiting to hear from the public information officer who issued the release.
Michael Meier, the county's public information officer, just called to say that the county is cutting hours for full-time workers so they no longer are eligible for the county's health care plan. Fewer worker hours mean fewer hours the dump collection sites can be open.