Universal Studios Cutting Health Insurance For Part Timers


That’s Obamacare for you. Making health insurance better by making it more expensive and harder to get:

Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul.

The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health-insurance to part-timers “only until December 31, 2013.”

According to Universal, they have to cut the plans because Obamacare makes them illegal:

Universal currently offers part-time workers a limited insurance plan that has low premiums but also caps the payout of benefits. For instance, Universal’s plan costs about $18 a week for employee-only coverage but covers only a maximum of $5,000 a year toward hospital stays. There are similar caps for other services.

Those types of insurance plans — sometimes referred to as “mini-med” plans — will no longer be permitted under the federal Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law will prohibit insurance plans that impose annual monetary limits on essential medical care such, as hospitalization, or on overall spending.

Many of these employees will no doubt be moved to government-subsidized medical plans, which was the real intent of Obamacare from the beginning. It wasn’t about making private health insurance less expensive and easier to get. It was about making private health insurance more expensive, and harder to get, in order to push people onto government health care programs which, in turn, is another step toward the sort of top-down, government-run “universal” health care system the left has wanted all along.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama sure opened a can of worms with his obamacare. The end result will be disastrous for the economy, jobs and ultimately the world because without a strong vibrant America the other free nations are screwed.

    The little commie pulled off the ultimate sneak attack.

    • Frank

      And the people voted for it. Twice. It’s enough to make a person ill, but who really wants to go to a government facility for treatment?

  • http://twitter.com/debraraes debra steinman

    Cutting all insurance for part time employees is ok with libs, as long as it doesn’t happen to them. Sorry Libs, but this ‘is’ what ‘you’ voted for.

    • Thresherman

      When I think of those who believed the Democrats on Obamacare, I think of the words from Otter from Animal House, “You screwed up, you trusted us.”

      • jl

        Right. Not to quibble, but it went “you FU, you trusted us.” But that’s probobly what you meant.

  • JoeMN

    So now the other shoe drops.
    These big (read rich) liberal corporations supported O Care simply to rid themselves of employee insurance obligations.

  • whowon

    Where is woof? No comment child?

  • matthew_bosch

    Hey, nobody said there wouldn’t be casualties on the Crusade for Social Justice. Willing or unwilling, your capital and children will be conscripted. It’s for the greater good.

  • Random Passerby

    so the story really is Universal health care isn’t really universal?

  • SigFan

    Anyone paying attention knew this kind of thing was coming. And Obama finally admitted what people that are honest have been saying all along – that he’s cutting $716 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare. That’s going to force about 25% of the people on Medicare out of Medicare Advantage – but if you like your plan you can keep it, right!?

  • Roy_Bean

    If you like your insurance plan you can keep it? You bet. Next we’re going to find out about those non-existant death panels.

  • Harlan Goerger

    Four years ago those that paid attention knew this would be the result. Feel like chicken little and no one would help! Yep, guns, jobs, freedom of choice is being taken away a scratch at a time!

  • $16179444

    eagerly awaiting the comments from the lefties who will somehow spin this be the fault of the right

  • matthew_bosch

    The real sad part about all of this is that private insurance and healthcare will still be available, but only the wealthy will be able to afford it. The rich will be relaxing and healing at Mayo while the poor will be slowly dying of thirst as their IV is pulled in the dirty, unkempt public hospital hallway. Social Justice indeed.

  • Gunny Sarge 6

    Remember gang the Ultimate End Game is single payer. This plan has been a drawer for years waiting for the right series of events. American that voted for this will a huge come to Jesus party.

  • http://enigma-cypher.blogspot.com/ Enigma_Cypher

    The wonders of Obama! Who needs private insurance when we have the benevolent and all loving federal government to take care of us.

    “Obama is our shepherd, we shall not want”


    NICE, i like this post……..