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September 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

The Huffington Post (!) reports on another company that’s just doing it wrong (according to liberals).

After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe’s has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to a confidential memo from the grocer’s chief executive.

In the memo to staff dated Aug. 30, Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane said the company will cut part-timers a check for $500 in January and help guide them toward finding a new plan under the Affordable Care Act. The company will continue to offer health coverage to workers who carry 30 hours or more on average.

The law mandates that companies with 50 employees or more offer coverage to such full-time employees, though the Obama administration has chosen to delay that rule for a year.

Trader Joe’s has won kudos for offering its health care, dental and vision plans to part-time workers at a reasonable price — a rarity in an industry known for low pay and scant benefits. But with low-wage workers eligible for tax subsidies to buy health insurance next year, the company has apparently calculated that offering medical coverage to part-timers who work 18 hours or more is no longer worth the cost.

Those “subsidies” are paid for by workers who still have full-time jobs, in the form of taxes. The subsidies are a transfer of wealth. They are also an incentive for companies to drop coverage and drive up dependence on the subsidies and the government-run insurance exchanges.

Like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s markets are on the upscale side of things and cater to the foodie set. That’s not me being snarky, as I’m a Whole Foods customer and will be a Trader Joe’s customer once they land in Austin later this month. Both are great stores that offer insane variety and high quality. Trader Joe’s prices tend to be lower than Whole Foods’.

The fact that these two trendy markets are behind the Obamacare 8-ball ought to awaken some of the president’s supporters to the reality that his signature legislation is a hot mess. It won’t, but it ought to. Whole Foods was among the first to warn America that Obamacare would be a job destroya, but the lefties responded not with chin strokes and calm reconsideration, but with protests. Those hippie pickets made me a Whole Foods man, by the way.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Trader Joe’s prices tend to be lower than Whole Foods’."

Wake up Bryan: TJ's prices ARE ALWAYS lower than Whole Foods, although Whole Foods did manage to steal TJ's supplier for Tongol tuna in water.

TJ locates their stores where the upscale foodies live, but their prices are lower than most mainstream supermarkets. Why? Almost 100% TJ private label, and ZERO debt.
Rahm Emmanuel made a huge mistake when he induced Whole Foods to locate in a poor neighborhood, but I assume TJ's secretive German owners were not answering any phone calls. They expand where they want to locate, no politics for TJ.
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"Trader Joe’s prices tend to be lower than Whole Foods’."

I like both, but, at least in my area, we refer to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck."
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