Kroger to Slash Hours of Workers to Avoid ObamaCare Penalites

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If you are an hourly worker at Kroger, there is a good chance that your hours will either cut, or your chances of becoming a full time worker are nil.  And the cause for this?

ObamaCare!

Dung Ross (no relation), has more…

To give you a sense of Kroger’s size and importance, its sales last year were $90 billion and it employs nearly 350,000 people. Most of its jobs are hourly and the vast majority of workers are neither millionaires or billionaires.

Faith is a mid-level manager at Kroger and reports the dire news:

Last week we found out that, beginning in January, any employee who is not full-time at that point,will be limited to 28 hours per week and all new hires will be subject to the same policy.

Currently, part-time employees can work as many hours as needed.

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Many Kroger employees, I believe, will be shocked to find out about this new policy.

What this means is that Obamacare will stop tens of thousands of Kroger employees — most of whom depend on and need the money — from working more than 28 hours!

Kroger is doing this to avoid paying for full-time healthcare for employees who currently only receive part-time benefits. And they will not get hit with the $3000 penalty.

My own area is a good example. I work with four people who currently get about 36 to 40 hours a week, but they are considered part-time by Kroger and receive limited benefits. Now, they will either have to find another part-time job or they will quit and find a full-time job.

Doug, you need to get this out before Tuesday. People need to understand.

So, ObamaCare will cause more damage to more people.

If you are an hourly worker, you might want to consider how you will vote.  ObamaCare will not guarantee you insurance, but it might guarantee that you have less hours, and less income.

H/T: Flopping Aces

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Birth Control Mandates: A Totally Manufactured, Completely False, Non-Issue

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Imagine, if you will, that you are a failed POTUS.  Your economic interventions have achieved the exact opposite of their stated intent.  While that is likely your intended outcome, there are a lot of unhappy people because of it.  Your energy programs have worked as you promised-costs have risen considerably, but that makes people pretty unhappy as well.  You make power grab after power grab, and each and every one causes more failure and misery-just as intended.  Needless to say, you’d really like the media to obsessively talk about something else, because you need a distraction from your “Clowarding and Pivening” of the Republic.    It doesn’t matter if it’s an exaggeration, or even  if it’s a complete fabrication.  The news cycle needs to be clogged with nonsense so the people don’t hear about your failures.

The MSM, represented by former Clinton staffer and current ABC talking head, George Stephanopoulos,  tried to jumpstart a distraction during one of the recent Republican debates.

He failed.  And it was an epic failure, because, as Romney pointed out, no one wants to ban contraception-so why bring it up at all, unless it’s a distraction? (wink-wink-nudge-nudge)

But, in my potentially “hypothetical” scenario, the efforts can’t stop there.  After all, you are still a failed POTUS, and a distraction must be manufactured.  So the efforts continued.  Then, you thought of throwing Catholics, many of which voted for you in 2008, under the bus.  However, being useful idiots, it’s perfectly acceptable to discard them. So, you have one of your minions create a mandate that forces Catholic institutions provide coverage for contraception and abortion.  Surely, that will raise a sufficient ruckus to distract from your failure…right?  Of course, we would all have to completely disregard the fact that birth control is insanely cheap, and readily available, but since when are actual facts important in such matters?

Well, it did-the Catholics raised a very righteous uproar, and actually hit you for violating religious freedom.  Then, you made a compromise that really didn’t change anything, and that part of the story died down.  But, the distraction must go on, so you need to keep it going. So, you get your remaining Congress-minions to hold some hearings, and have some activists “testify” about the human misery and death caused by a lack of coverage for a cheap and readily available class of products.  Here is that testimony…

OK then, contraception can cost $3000 for three years of Law school?  Let’s take a look at the actual costs.  Here is a source…

Pharmacies with Low-Cost Birth Control Pills

Kroger:
Kroger Generic Drug List and Kroger Store Locator
Sprintec or Trinessa: $9/month or $24/3 months
Price may higher in CA, MN, WY

Kmart:
Kmart Generic Drug List and K-Mart Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $10/month

Target:
Target Generic Drug List (under women’s health) and Target Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Ortho Cyclen: $4/month
Price may be higher in CA, MN, MT, PA, RI, TN, WI, and WY.

Wal-Mart:
Wal-Mart Generic Drug List, (under women’s health) and Wal-Mart Store
Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Price may be higher in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, and WY.

Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club Generic Drug List and Sam’s Club Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Price may be higher in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, and WY.

Obviously, birth control pills do not cost a grand a year.  Even Planned Parenthood agrees…

First, you’ll need to get a prescription. Visit a Planned Parenthood health center, a clinic, or a private health care provider for a prescription. Your health care provider will discuss your medical history with you, check your blood pressure, and give you any othermedical exam that you may need. If you need an exam, it may cost about $35$250.

Birth control pills may be purchased with a prescription at a drugstore or clinic. They cost about $15–$50 a month. 

Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable. Some health centers are able to charge according to income. Most accept health insurance. If you qualify, Medicaid or other state programs may lower your health care costs. 

Call your local Planned Parenthood health center to get specific information on costs.

But, what of condoms?  I visited the Condom Depot to see how much condoms cost-even in bulk.  Here are the results…

Of course, I chose the rainbow condoms, just in case Ms. Fluke is feeling festive.  At any rate, let’s do the math…

She will be in law school for 1095 days.  Divided by 10,000 condoms that cost slightly less than the $3000 dollars that she quoted, she can have protected sexual intercourse 9.13 times a day.  Now, if Ms. Fluke, and the “faces” that she sees every day, actually have sexual intercourse 9.13 times a day, they might really need financial assistance to cover the condom bill.  In the end, no matter how much she partakes, she wants the rest of us to pay for her to have sex…alot of sex.

Which brings Rush Limbaugh into the game.  Those of you that listen to Limbaugh know that he takes great pleasure in ridiculing nonsense like this false testimony.  Naturally, he chimed in…

That, of course, led to a complete crap-storm on the left.  Here are some links: Los Angeles TimesWashington PostAngry BearCBS NewsNewsBusters.org blogsL.A. NOWBusiness InsiderWashington MonthlyThe Right ScoopNews DeskJay Bookman and Gawker.

Of course, Limbaugh doesn’t care, and is laughing about the entire thing.  The left has caused two of his sponsors to stop advertising on his show, and frankly, if they want to ignore his 20,000,000 (plus) listeners, they probably do so at their own peril, as they might boycott the advertisers.

And, when this dies down, the story will be rinsed and repeated.  Or perhaps, even completely different story will be manufactured.  But no matter what, we can’t spend a moment talking about the economy, can we?

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