Well, kinda. It appears that among the SeaWorld workers that will be losing their hours and coverage, are employees of their subsidiary, Sesame Place. Naked DC has more…
Yes, America, Big Bird is about to lose his health insurance under Obamacare. Or, at least, at least the guy who walks around in the Big Bird suit at Sesame Place is.
Last year, Big Bird’s job security was thrust into the political spotlight.
This year, it’s his health insurance.
In a letter sent last week to President Obama, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick contended that the Affordable Care Act had caused Sesame Place, one of Bucks County’s biggest tourist attractions, to terminate health benefits for its part-time employees.
“This law is hurting real people in my district and around the country,” the Bucks County Republican wrote.
A spokesman for SeaWorld, the amusement park’s parent company, confirmed Wednesday that the company was cutting the weekly work limit for part-time employees from 32 to 28 hours. Under the Affordable Care Act, companies can face fines if they do not provide insurance for staffers who work at least 30 hours per week.
Fred Jacobs, the SeaWorld spokesman, did not say whether the change in policy had been prompted by the health-care law.
Well, big Bird may have lost their insurance, but I’m sure they can find something on the ObamaCare exchanges that costs a ton more. And, they’ll have the additional prospect of absolutely no chance of getting full time work, given the strong disincentives to doing that.
Oh, and by they way, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.
Elections ave consequences.