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Obamacare-related layoffs, hour cuts and private coverage dumps of the week

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By Doug Powers  •  September 15, 2013 12:49 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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As you read these three stories examples of Obamacare’s impact, keep in mind Jay Carney continues to say that suggesting that Obamacare reduces full time hiring is “belied by the facts.”

First, SeaWorld:

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.
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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.

With the reduced hours, those employees would not be classified as full-time workers under the Affordable Care Act, the health-care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and signed into law in 2010.

Even Shamu might see a cut in hours, which would force her to moonlight at another aquarium.

Second, a Georgia health care company is laying off 100 people, citing in part the Obamacare law:

Third, Trader Joe’s joins Wegmans in cutting health benefits to part-timers:

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.

All this means Obamacare is working, or something. And it is, provided the definition of “working” is a dramatic increase in government dependence, which is the goal of many.

**Written by Doug Powers

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