Adding to the list
of institutions squirming under the strictures of the Affordable Care Act is Universal Studios, Orlando. The theme park will begin dropping it's limited health coverage for part-time workers come the end of the year.
The Orlando-Sentinel reports
on the company's decision to no longer provide so-called "mini-med" plans. The plans provide part-time workers a partial insurance plan that offers low premiums but caps payouts.
Why are the studios dropping mini-med? Because such plans are not allowed by the ACA, effective next year. It's a move that is expected to effect only about 500 of Universal Studio's 17,000 central Florida staff (most are covered by a parent's or spouse's health insurance).
"We'd like to have the option to continue offering them, but the ACA doesn't offer that type of flexibility," said company spokesman Rich Jeffers.
Another Florida-based company, Olive Garden, claimed last year that it would slash workers' hours to avoid running afoul of Obamacare's mandates, though it eventually opted
not to following a public backlash and the results of its own experiments with more staff working fewer hours.
Via the Orlando-Sentinel