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Change: Grocery store chain axes health benefits for part-timers due to Obamacare

By Doug Powers  •  July 11, 2013 12:51 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


The final nails are now being driven into the coffin of President Obama’s “if you like your existing plan you can keep it” promise.

From the Buffalo News:

Et tu, Wegmans?

The Rochester-based grocer that has been continually lauded for providing health insurance to its part-time workers will no longer offer that benefit.

Until recently, the company voluntarily offered health insurance to employees who worked 20 hours per week or more. Companies are required by law to offer health insurance only to full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week.

Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

But wait, thousands of people losing their employer-provided coverage is good news, or something:

However, part-time employees may actually benefit from Wegmans’ decision, according to Brian Murphy, a partner at Lawley Benefits Group, an insurance brokerage firm in Buffalo.

“If you have an employee that qualifies for subsidized coverage, they might be better off going with that than a limited part-time benefit,” Murphy said.

According to the story, Wegman’s employs over 4,300 part-timers in the Buffalo-Niagra region that now might have to have taxpayers subsidize their health care, and that’s a “win-win”? Now if only Wegman’s would fire all of their part-timers so they’d be forced to run to the government for their every need would these people reap the full benefit of the Obama economy.

Obamacare may result in a shortage of medical doctors, but it is creating an abundance of spin doctors.

**Written by Doug Powers

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