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“Setting (the benefits requirement) at 40 hours would be a crazy idea. A lot of people would be effected. … Our expectation is once people start to focus on the data, some of the enthusiasm about going to 40 hours will dissipate,” Paul Van de Water, an economist and senior fellow with the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said in an interview in Lancasteronline.com. Van de Water was referring to efforts to raise the threshold on the number of hours an employee must work in order to be considered "full-time" under the Affordable Care Act. That threshold is now at 30 hours per week. Starting in 2015, large employers must either offer qualified insurance to employees working more than 30 hours a week or possibly face a penalty. To read the story, click here.