“Obamacare” is a job creator

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This just in: Serco Inc. will be hiring and training 600 new workers for its new Wentzville, Missouri location. Bright, shiny new jobs.

The Post-Dispatch has the scoop:

Obamacare may be controversial, but it’s about to bring hundreds of jobs to Wentzville.

A Virginia-based government contractor is planning to hire 600 people over the next three months to staff a processing center in the St. Charles County suburb, to handle applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Better yet, these jobs will not be low-wage or lacking benefits.

The new jobs will start at $12 an hour, though higher-skilled positions will pay more, and all the jobs include benefits. Serco is planning to hold a job fair the week of Sept. 23, but it has already started advertising jobs on its website.

This is not only a much-needed boost to the local economy, these jobs will be an opportunity for many entry-level applicants to earn something close to a living wage. With benefits to boot. And Wentzville isn’t the only area to get an employment and revenue boost.

Serco is one of several local companies that are expanding in the region to handle an expected surge in business from the implementation of Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act has been dubbed.

In July, for example, public relations firm FleishmanHillard won a $35 million contract to promote Illinois’ health insurance exchange. Equifax Workforce Solutions also received a contract worth up to $329.4 million to verify incomes of people who apply for federal subsidies through the program.

Whether you are for, against, or still on the fence about the ACA, there is no question that the president’s most hotly debated pieces of legislation is doing some real good for people. I look forward to seeing what the state’s anti-Obamacare legislators have to say about these newly acquired jobs, particularly since many have supposedly put job creation at the top of their state legislative agenda.

Stacy Mergenthal (41 Posts)

Stacy Mergenthal is an activist for progressive causes and voice for the working class. She currently resides in Missouri with her family.