More Fallout From The Affordable Care Act: Target Ends Health Insurance For Part-Time Employees

Once again we have a situation where Obamacare, rather than provide insurance to those who were not covered, is taking away coverage that people had and forcing them into new plans.


Target is the latest retail giant to drop health coverage for part-time employees, citing changes under the health care law and low participation in its company health plans.

The company Tuesday night announced a plan to transition employees working fewer than 30 hours a week onto Obamacare health insurance exchanges, where they can get subsidized coverage.

Target said Tuesday night that just fewer than 10 percent of its employees bought into its health plan for part-time workers, and it said that many employees could get financial help in the exchanges, also known as marketplaces.

“Health care reform is transforming the benefits landscape and affecting how all employers, including Target, administer health benefits coverage,” Jodee Kozlak, Target vice president of human resources, wrote in a blog post. “Our decision to discontinue this benefit comes after careful consideration of the impact to our stores’ part-time team members and to Target, the new options available for our part-time team and the historically low number of team members who elected to enroll in the part-time plan.”

Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act requires businesses of 50 or more employees to offer coverage meeting minimum standards to employees working 30 or more hours a week — but there’s no coverage mandate for those working fewer than 30 hours. The company’s decision to ditch health coverage for part-time employees follows similar moves by other major retailers last year, including Trader Joe’s and Home Depot.

While Target does everything possible to make this an employer-driven decision, I am skeptical. They are simply following the footsteps of “other major retailers” facing the cost of Obamacare. It has also happened to smaller businesses, where people admit to being very unhappy and much worse off financially. And there is undoubtedly the same heartbreak and anxiety at Target

Target acknowledged its move will be jarring for some employees.

“We recognize this change may be better for some and also may cause disruption for those who previously elected to enroll in this benefit,” Kozlak wrote.

Furthermore, notice the complete hypocrisy. Liberals rant and rave about low-wage employees who get subsidized by food stamps and other handouts. They claim the employer is being subsidized by the government. Well here is Target that was taking care of its part-time employees before. Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they are moving these employees to Obamacare so that they will get subsidies. But, because it is Obamacare, Liberal are happy for “major retailers” get subsidized by the public rather than providing their employees with benefits.

Once again we see Obamacare replacing what is working with what is not.