Poor Big Bird. He’s the newest victim of the Obamacare train wreck.
Sesame Place, one of the biggest employers and major attractions in the Greater Philadelphia-area, just cut employees’ hours and terminated their health insurance “presumably to comply with the burdensome and costly regulations enforced within the Affordable Care Act,” U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick told President Obama in a letter he sent last week.
Earlier this month, SeaWorld Entertainment, Sesame Place’s parent company, announced healthcare coverage for its seasonal and part-time employees will end at midnight on December 31 because the current plan “does not meet the minimum requirements for medical plans” mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Fitzpatrick enclosed a copy of that letter to Obama.
In addition, a spokesperson for SeaWorld confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer “that the company was cutting the weekly work limit for part-time employees from 32 to 28 hours.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, employers could face fines if they don’t provide health coverage to employees who work 30-hours per week.
In a statement on his website, Fitzpatrick said companies cutting hours and dropping health insurance due to Obamacare was not just affecting constituents in his district, but rather “a trend we’re seeing nationwide.”
“While the Affordable Care Act was intended to help Americans, this law is hurting real people in my district and around the country.”
“While I believe this law should be repealed and replaced, I urge the President to consider affording the American people the same one-year delay granted to businesses by the Administration,” Fitzpatrick wrote.
Read Fitzpatrick’s letter to Obama here:
The following is a screenshot from a September 10, 2013 post in ParkFans Forum. The user said they transcribed it from a friend who received the letter: