Sea World, Trader Joes, Join The “Obamacare Is Bad For Business” Party

The hit parade keeps playing on

(Orlando Sentinel) SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is reducing hours for thousands of part-time workers, a move that would allow the Orlando-based theme-park owner to avoid offering those employees medical insurance under the federal government’s health-care overhaul.

SeaWorld confirmed the move Monday in a brief written statement to the Orlando Sentinel. The company operates 11 theme parks across the United States and has about 22,000 employees — nearly 18,000 of whom are part-time or seasonal workers. It has more than 4,000 part-time and seasonal workers in Central Florida.

Under a new corporate policy, SeaWorld will schedule part-time workers for no more than 28 hours a week, down from a previous limit of 32 hours a week. The new cap is expected to go into effect by November.

In fairness, Sea World would not state specifically that this move was done to avoid having to provide coverage under Obamacare, but rational thinking adults understand there is no other reason for the move. Then there’s Trader Joe’s

(HuffPo) After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe’s has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to a confidential memo from the grocer’s chief executive.

In the memo to staff dated Aug. 30, Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane said the company will cut part-timers a check for $500 in January and help guide them toward finding a new plan under the Affordable Care Act. The company will continue to offer health coverage to workers who carry 30 hours or more on average.

It sure seems as if Obamacare is “highly disruptive”. But don’t take my word for it

(Fox News) The AFL-CIO approved a resolution saying that President Obama’s health care overhaul will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them.

In a strongly worded resolution released Wednesday, the federation said that labor unions still support the Affordable Care Act’s overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, but added that the law is being implemented in a way that is “highly disruptive” to union health care plans.

Strange how no one saw the train wreck coming. The Lonely Conservative provides even more good new on ObamaCare jumping the tracks.

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3 Responses to “Sea World, Trader Joes, Join The “Obamacare Is Bad For Business” Party”

  1. […] anymore.I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I have for now.Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove where we find out Sea World is also cutting employee hours.Tweetvaso linkgoogle_ad_client = […]

  2. john says:

    bad for business? not sure what you mean by that Teach. Looks to me like that whole move will result in cost savings and higher profits. But we COULD check back in a year or so and look at Sea World’s bottom line now that they will have reduced health care costs

  3. Scared_Of_My_Gumballs says:

    so john, you are OK with businesses cutting people’s hours and forcing them on to gov’t welfare? Well, guess it is for you since you suck off of taxpayer’s teet still while slumming in your mom’s basement. Have you stopped hating your mom?

    In fairness, Sea World would not state specifically that this move was done to avoid having to provide coverage under Obamacare

    Teach and GC, I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it part of ObamaCare that you cannot cut hours or restrict benefits due to ObamaCare? And this is the reason why businesses are not saying why they are cutting hours?

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