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    Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    The nation's largest movie theater chain has cut the hours of thousands of employees, saying in a company memo that ObamaCare requirements are to blame.

    Regal Entertainment Group, which operates more than 500 theaters in 38 states, last month rolled back shifts for non-salaried workers to 30 hours per week, putting them under the threshold at which employers are required to provide health insurance. The Nashville-based company said in a letter to managers that the move was a direct result of ObamaCare.

    “To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Regal had to increase our health care budget to cover those newly deemed eligible based on the law's definition of a full time employee.”

    “In addition, some managers have requested guidance on what they should tell those employees negatively impacted and, at your discretion, we suggest the following,” read the memo obtained by FoxNews.com. “To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Regal had to increase our health care budget to cover those newly deemed eligible based on the law's definition of a full-time employee.”

    “To manage this budget, all other employees will be scheduled in accord with business needs and in a manner that will not negatively impact our health care budget,” the message continues.

    Regal, which had revenue of $2.8 billion in 2011, is the latest company to respond this way to the Affordable Health Care Act's requirement that employees at companies of a certain size who work more than 30 hours per week be provided health coverage. Applebee's and Olive Garden also scaled back the hours of workers. A handful of colleges have cut hours because of the law, including Palm Beach State College in Florida and New Jersey’s Kean University. Critics say the law is boomeranging on working folks.

    In addition to the movie theater chain and several restaurants, the state of Virginia also rolled back the hours of all part-time employees back to 29 per week in February, with officials from the state claiming that the new mandate would cost the state tens of millions of dollars a year.
    Nation's biggest movie theater chain cuts workweek, blaming ObamaCare | Fox News

    consequences unintended, it may be

    but certainly not unforeseen

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
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    consequences unintended, it may be

    but certainly not unforeseen
    But but but Obama guaranteed that if you like the healthcare you have, nothing in this bill will stop you from keeping it.

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

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    But but but Obama guaranteed that if you like the healthcare you have, nothing in this bill will stop you from keeping it.
    Im sure that is still true...... The people whose hours are getting cut didn't have care before unless they paid out of their pocket and not through their employer.



    He never said anything about keeping the same pay and hours at their current employer.
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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Never worry. When all these people are forced onto medicaid, Walmart employees receiving government benefits will no longer be a left wing meme since they will have 4 fingers pointing back at them every time they bring that up..

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Im sure that is still true...... The people whose hours are getting cut didn't have care before unless they paid out of their pocket and not through their employer.



    He never said anything about keeping the same pay and hours at their current employer.
    I appreciate your point, although I question the sweeping assumption you make that such people don't currently have healthcare and are only losing hours of work - I can't point to specific instances this moment, but I do recall several stories relating a loss of employer provided healthcare because of the costs involved with meeting the Obamacare mandates for such coverage.

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Another one.....eh?

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I appreciate your point, although I question the sweeping assumption you make that such people don't currently have healthcare and are only losing hours of work - I can't point to specific instances this moment, but I do recall several stories relating a loss of employer provided healthcare because of the costs involved with meeting the Obamacare mandates for such coverage.
    Regal isn't talking about managers.... they don't go hourly. They are talking about the popcorn makers, the ticket takers... those sorts of people...

    How, if you are telling me that the ticket takers are getting coverage paid for in part (or full) by their employer.... well.... I just find that difficult to believe.


    I understand Wal-Mart does over average joe employees a health benefits package.... but last I heard it was too damned expensive for any average joe employee to afford.
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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Good for them. Movie theatres are not in business for entertaining people, or cow-towing to government regulations. They're in business to (cover your ears, liberals) make money. When ObamaCare gets in the way of that, they must adjust their business practices.

    I just hope that most of the employees affected are liberals. The same ones who voted for the current Jerk-In-Chief.

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Regal isn't talking about managers.... they don't go hourly. They are talking about the popcorn makers, the ticket takers... those sorts of people...

    How, if you are telling me that the ticket takers are getting coverage paid for in part (or full) by their employer.... well.... I just find that difficult to believe.


    I understand Wal-Mart does over average joe employees a health benefits package.... but last I heard it was too damned expensive for any average joe employee to afford.
    I'm not saying anything about Regal, I don't know the answers - my comments were in reference to your remarks that didn't seem to be limited to Regal and the OP mentioned several other companies and I don't know their healthcare status either.

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    Re: Nation's Biggest Movie Theater Chain Cuts Workweek, Blaming ObamaCare

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm not saying anything about Regal, I don't know the answers - my comments were in reference to your remarks that didn't seem to be limited to Regal and the OP mentioned several other companies and I don't know their healthcare status either.
    Agree to disagree.

    I don't think anyone who is getting their hours cut are losing employer provided health insurance either way.


    But, having a bunch of people turn into part time employees is going to be ****ty on the economy. Makes me seriously consider sticking this military thing out.
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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