Obamacare and Trader Joe’s: The Unique Grocery Experience, with Not-So-Unique Problems

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Sep 11, 2013 2:12 PM
Trader Joe’s grocery store is known for its affordable prices, unique food, and friendly staff — a grocery experience. But thanks to changes in employee health benefits, the joyful atmosphere could be in jeopardy. For years, Trader Joe’s has offered health care coverage to its part-time employees at reasonable prices. But on August 30, Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane sent employees a confidential memo stating the company will no longer offer health care for anyone working fewer than 30 hours a week. “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,” the Huffington Post reports.