Dunkin' takes shot at modifying Obamacare
The company is lobbying the government to narrow the Affordable Care Act's definition of 'full time,' which would mean fewer employees for it insure.
The question of who counts as a full-time worker is coming under fire from Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), which wants the government to narrow its definition under Obamacare. That's because it wants to avoid paying health insurance for Dunkin' Donuts employees who work as little as 30 hours a week.
Dunkin' Brands is lobbying the government to change the U.S. Affordable Care Act's definition of "full-time" to employees working at least 40 hours a week, instead of the 30 hours currently written into the law, Chief Executive Nigel Travis told the Financial Times.
The latest volley from an iconic U.S. business comes as the ACA is set to go into effect next year. The law will require employers with 50 or more full-time employees (30 hours or more) to offer those workers "minimum essential" healthcare insurance.
Dunkin' Brands, which also owns Baskin-Robbins, operates on a franchise model. The parent company, excluding workers at its company-owned restaurants, employed more than 1,120 people at the end of 2011, according to its annual report.
But the real benefit would likely go to Dunkin's franchisees, who operate more than 10,000 Dunkin' Donuts locations and almost 7,000 Baskin-Robbins restaurants.
Other big businesses are lashing out at the costs of the plan. Supermarket chain Kroger (KR) told the FT that some companies might decide to pay the government-mandated penalty for failing to insure employees simply because it's cheaper than buying insurance.
Small-business owners are also reacting. As previously reported by MSN moneyNOW, one Wendy's franchise in Nebraska is cutting back the hours of non-management employees to avoid paying health benefits. The local franchise vice president said his company couldn't afford to pay for health insurance and instead is cutting hours of about 100 Wendy's workers.
Other businesses are keeping their employee count under 50, the FT notes.
The average cost to employers of providing insurance for a single worker is $4,664 and $11,329 for a family, the FT notes, citing the Kaiser Family Foundation. The penalty for not insuring employees under Obamacare, meanwhile, is $2,000 per worker.
"If you look through the economics of the penalty the companies pay versus the cost to provide coverage, the penalty's too low, or the cost of coverage is too high, or the combination is wrong," Kroger Chief Executive David Dillon told the newspaper.
You are actually on side of corporations trying to weasel out of providing healthcare to their employees?
For-profit + Republican slave/low wages = Record low birth rates that will change America's demographics.
End for profit healthcare or America's birth rates will NEVER be restored.
For profit is national suicide.
Think about it if the company pays the fine that's 2000. per employee. S
o that is all free money the gov .gets to spend without raising taxes or is it.
Unaffordable for-profit healthcare has proven to be national suicide. Why?
Because unaffordable healthcare is a proven birthrate KILLER. Who can afford children when a child's healthcare often will BANKRUPT parents.
For profit healthcare makes children unaffordable, hence America's RECORD-LOW BIRTH RATES like we are seeing today.
For-profit is national suicide. That's why all other industrialized nations operate under a universal single-payer type system with cost controls and prescription med pricing controls.
For-profit is birth rate KILLING POPULATION REDUCTION that has KILLED America's birth rates to all-time record lows.
I have a strong feeling that Dunken Donuts is NOT ALONE!
Obama Care doesn't care that much about us only the profits received!
The problem here is that companies view their workers as just a #. An employee #. A dollar #. An hourly #. When will they realize that their Big Profitable Business is nothing without the hard working people they employ? So they would rather not insure them and let them die off so they can replace them with another # with less experience, and a lower dollar #. Its a lesson Europe learned after WWII. We are nothing without eachother. Lets start taking care of eachother. No not the Government. Lets have BIG BUSINESS pay the people that line their pockets. Get rid of the big bonuses for CEO's and TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE!!
I say Obama has caused more problems costing most of us more than we can realistically afford or pay for with our limited income....so Obama you need to raise our income level or cut prices for goods and services....... enough already....stop, we can no longer afford you and your programs. Also stop spending our tax money for you and "the family" to live like kings and queens. Of which you & they are not...yeah...and GET that ugly sneaky grin off your face....we know you are screwing us.....just nothing we can do!.
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