Obamacare Isn’t Working if Employees Are Losing Health Benefits

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Remember when President Obama said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan?” Yeah, that hasn’t exactly ended up being the case, has it? Even Teamsters Union President James Hoffa warned that Obamacare would “shatter” health care benefits.

Indeed, the latest round of those losing their plans (that they liked) are part-time workers at Trader Joe’s. The low-cost chain grocery store has broken industry standards (until now) by offering its health care, dental, and vision plans to part-time workers at a reasonable price.

Unfortunately, with the cost of health care rising, combined with the availability of Obamacare exchanges coming about in 2014, TJ’s (as it’s known in our house) has reportedly declined to continue offering health insurance to employees working less than 30 hours a week.

In a confidential memo dated August 30, CEO Dan Bane said that while health insurance will be cut for part-time workers, the company plans to issue checks to them for $500 each in January, and help them find a new plan under the Affordable Care Act.

I think that’s actually mighty kind of them, as they’re under no obligation to do so.

Predictably, the libs over at Think Progress believe this is a sign that Obamacare is working, because, you know, companies like Trader Joe’s only offered awesome health care benefits because no government options were available before now. Actually, companies have never been obligated to provide health insurance for employees. That’s why they call it a benefit.

And now they can’t afford to anymore, thanks to onerous Obamacare provisions that have skyrocketed the cost of such programs. Don’t worry though; I’m sure everything will work out fine with government-run health care. I mean, Medicare is basically perfect, right?

Do you think Obamacare is working?

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Brain... BrainyMommy

So TJ's just became more profitable and you're mad about that? I thought you were a conservative. I guess not. False advertising on your part, I guess.

nonmember avatar angry

No! It's not working! I am an employee at TJ's and had affordable coverage for my family. Now, it's taken away so I can have government healthcare. Guess what? I can't afford the Affordable Health Care! With TJ's I paid $200 a month and the plans available to me now through "Obamacare" costs me almost $800 a month! Guess I'll just have to choose between health care and feeding my children! Thanks Obama!

katyq katyq

I know jenny, im worried too. There is not a single socialist healthcare system in the world that i would like to have he in America. This is scary.

Carme... Carmen8706

No. People are losing their hours because employers don't want to give benefits that they are legally required to give if their employees are working a certain number of hours a week. Obama didn't think about THAT particular complication, did he?

work4... work4mickey

What's funny (not in the ha ha way) is that obamacare built on what most people agreed was wrong with our system to begin with; it relies on health insurance, which often uses loopholes to avoid paying for care.

lulou lulou

Crap, now I will have to take my capitalistic socially responsible shopping somewhere else, granted truthfully I only shopped there for their locally made donuts and trader joes brand Otto Von Bismarks.

nonmember avatar Mommy to 4

I understand that there are some kinks in trying to get universal benefits to everyone in a country as large as the US. Is that not to be expected.?

Short term pain for long term gain?

I would hazard a guess that most people arguing against socialized medicine don't have a real understanding of what it is like for the majority of people in countries with universal health care.

I can't even begin to imagine not having universal health care.

Smoke... Smokeygirl

My husband works for a big international company- we just found out that they are doing away with traditional healthcare plans next year because they are too expensive- now our deductibles will sky rocket and our coverage will stay close to the same. We will still be covered, but with a lot less benifits than we have had :(.

Kate Cooley

As someone who has NO health insurance, I'm not surprised this is going down the way it is. Hilary-care (because Obama's taking the heat for her healthcare plan that has been floating around since Bill was in office - she's just gotten the chance to get it passed now) is destined to fail and the next person to get elected will do so on the back of "fixing" this.

And for the record, I HAD health insurance before my husband's employer decided to nix family coverage. As a part-time worker, I had no option. So I turned to our state, which provided afforable healthcare for the "working poor". Until they bankrupted the funds on other projects and discontinued it. So now I have "Reproductive care" which covers my GYN visits. Of course, Medicaid won't take me. We make too much money for that. Nice.

Valerie Metzger

If this is news to ANYONE, they have been living with their head buried in the ground for the last couple years.

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