ObamaCare Causes Big Bird to Lose Health Insurance?

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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.

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“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.

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Just in Case You Don’t Know Why ObamaCare Kills Jobs…

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I’ve seen quite a bit of shock lately, as liberals see how ObamaCare is actually functioning in practice.  With it’s key components kicking in in just a short period of time, employees are cutting hours, and laying off workers.  While Conservative bloggers and other outlets have been discussing this for over a year, most of the public are now seeing the results, after it is too late.  For a good wrap-up of what is happening, kindly consider this, from Chicks on the Right…

In case you weren’t already painfully aware, here’s the skinny on why unemployment will skyrocket in the face of Obama’s sucktastic socialized healthcare:

Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new, more expensive plans.

ObamaCare’s rules make expansion expensive, particularly for the 500,000 US businesses that have fewer than 100 employees.

Suppose that a firm with 49 employees does not provide health benefits. Hiring one more worker will trigger the mandate. The company would now have to provide insurance coverage to all 50 workers or pay a tax penalty.

In New York, the average employer contribution for employer-provided insurance plans, runs from $4,567 for an individual to $ 12,748 for a family. Many companies will likely choose to pay the penalty instead, which is still expensive — $2,000 per worker multiplied by the entire workforce, after subtracting the statutory exemption for the first 30 workers. For a 50-person company, then, the tax would be $40,000, or $2,000 times 20.

But, you know, unemployment, shunemployment.

Yay free sh*t!

There you have it.  Especially with small margin operations, like grocery stores and restaurants, ObamaCare  has, and will continue to, limit staff hours, and prevent expansion.

Oh, and elections have consequences.

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Elections Have Consequences: PA College Slashes Hours to Avoid ObamaCare Mandates

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How ironic would it be if a college, a bastion of liberalism, got stung by ObamaCare mandates?  What if the professors, who program youth with the glories of socialism, had to live with the consequences of their policies?  Well, it has happened at Community College of Allegheny County.  Breitbart has the details, and the ir0ny…

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.

On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million. 

So then, these folks got what they voted for, and they aren’t happy about it.  I guess they didn’t take the time to find what we have know for a couple years, that ObamaCare was going to cost jobs and hours.  In the end, all we can say is…

Elections have consequences.

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ObamaCare Damage: Denny’s Franchisee Adds 5% Surcharge, Cuts Employee Hours

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One of the ObamaCare damage scenarios that we have been describing since the law passed was that employees hours would likely be cut to be under 30 hours a week, to escape going out of business.  And, just as predicted, that very scenario is unfolding at 40 Denny’s Restaurants in Florida.  The Daily Mail has more…

Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny’s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers’ bills and will reduce his employees’ hours.

With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ‘the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.’

A Florida restaurant owner who runs 40 franchises of the Denny’s restaurant chain has threatened to add a five percent surcharge to customers bills in an effort to combat Obamacare

The fast-food business owner is set to hold meetings at his restaurants in December where he will tell employees, ‘that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately.’

John Metz also owns Hurricane Grill & Wings which has 48 franchises around the country and falls under the umbrella of his firm RREMC Restaurants

‘I think it’s a terrible thing. It’s ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40,’ said Metz to the Huffington Post.

‘It’s going to force my employees to go out and get a second job.’

Obamacare requires businesses or franchises with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.

‘Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,’ said Metz.

‘But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.’

Note that if he paid the tax, many of his restaurants would have to close.  ObamaCare would cost them more money than they make.  Since the MSM will not report this, the blogosphere will.

And, for you Obama voters, who voted for this to happen, elections have consequences!

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