Shocker: Thanks To Obamacare, Walmart Cutting Health Insurance For Part-Time Employees


Obamacare was sold as legislation that would make health insurance, and health care, more affordable and easier to get. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is proving to be true, with health insurance and health care costs going through the roof.

And now employers, like Walmart, are looking at avoiding the law’s costly mandates by dropping health insurance for previously covered employees.

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post.

Under the policy, slated to take effect in January, Walmart also reserves the right to eliminate health care coverage for certain workers if their average workweek dips below 30 hours — something that happens with regularity and at the direction of company managers.

Walmart declined to disclose how many of its roughly 1.4 million U.S. workers are vulnerable to losing medical insurance under its new policy.

The left will blame Walmart for this, which will ignore that Obamacare was the impetus for Walmart’s decision. Supporters of Obamacare seem to believe that the law can impose costly new mandates, and that the employment/insurance/health care markets will just sit still for it. But markets are dynamic. New mandates are going to increase the cost of insurance and care. Higher costs for insurance and cares will lead employers to find ways to avoid those costs.

This was all very predictable. What’s a little scary is that this is probably exactly what Democrats wanted. Destroy private health insurance so that that, in response, the government can implement yet another “fix” that will move us closer to nationalized health care.

Obamacare was never really anything more than a stepping stone.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Fernando Macias

    Wal-Mart in the Denver Metro Area is cutting employee hours from 40 hours a week to 15 hours a week .. My mother who is employed by the Largest Wal-Mart in Lakewood,CO is dependent on 40hrs had her hours cut from 40 to 15. she stated that the cause is because Wal-Mart will have to pay for OBAMA CARE. How is she going to live. That is less then part time. May employees had filed a comment to the Labor Board. But I don’t know if that is going help. I am the biggest and greatest supporter of OBAMA CARE and this is going to not help but hurt my mother because Big Corporations is using this to manipulate the system. How is my mother now going to live.. How is she going to have to pay for her diabetic supplies?

    Very respectfully

    Fernando Macias

  • LastBestHope

    If you like ObamaCare, thank a Democrat. This law passed in Congress without a single GOP vote.

    Not one vote