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Free Willy... from Obamacare; Rubio pens Sebelius over SeaWorld work-hour cuts

@MarcACaputo

After the Orlando Sentinel reported that SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is cutting work hours for thousands of part-time workers to save money due to Obamacare, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised the issue today in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Here's the Sentinel:

"SeaWorld confirmed the move Monday in a brief written statement to the Orlando Sentinel. The company operates 11 theme parks across the United States and has about 22,000 employees — nearly 18,000 of whom are part-time or seasonal workers. It has more than 4,000 part-time and seasonal workers in Central Florida.

"Under a new corporate policy, SeaWorld will schedule part-time workers for no more than 28 hours a week, down from a previous limit of 32 hours a week. The new cap is expected to go into effect by November."

And here's Rubio:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to visit with Orlando area workers who are seeing their part-time hours capped due to ObamaCare’s looming implementation on October 1.

In a letter to Sebelius, Rubio urged Sebelius to use her trip to Orlando this Friday to meet with impacted workers at local businesses like SeaWorld, which yesterday announced it would reduce the hours part-time workers can work in order to avoid ObamaCare’s penalties.

“[P]otentially thousands of Florida families will be taking home less income due to their hours being capped at 28 per-week rather than the 32 hours-per-week allowed before ObamaCare,” wrote Rubio. “Especially for families living paycheck-to-paycheck, cutting their hours and income is exactly how ObamaCare devastates middle class Americans.

“It is my sincere hope that meeting with these men and women will help give you a better picture of what is truly happening in communities across America, as well as why my colleagues and I remain committed to defunding ObamaCare before it inflicts additional damage on hard-working Americans,” he added.

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Jim

Dear Senator Rubio, could you check with those part-time workers on what they're doing about health care?

Could you check with Sea World on what happens to one of their part-time employees if they get seriously injured or ill and don't have health insurance?

Thank you.

FLMom

Mr. Rubio, please ask Sea World (who also fought hard against paid sick days) what exactly these same uninsured slave wage employees are supposed to do should they become too ill to work? Hypocrisy by any other name is surely Marco Rubio, paid shill for Sea World.

Anita

Senator Rubio, you used to love Jim Greer and the RPOF. You rose through the slime in the Miami-Dade GOP. Rivera still holds the cards.

Grillo

Marco Rubio is nothing but a piece of garbage. His positions on issues that affect the poor and needy show very clearly that he doesn't care for their welfare. In addition, the speed with which he backed away from his alter ego and enforcer, David Rivera, is indicative of his loyalty to friends who get in trouble, particularly those who do your dirty work.

Current employee at SW

The truth is the hours have been cut since mid-July. There were all sorts of rumors but never an answer as to why. So now we have one. Blame it on Obamacare.

How greedy and evil companies like SeaWorld have become. Take a lesson from Starbucks and how they support their employees. How foolish some of our politicians continue to be. When economics start to affect someone you know, don't come crying to the poorhouse.

Greg

Get real sea world was not paying for health ins when people worked 32 hours so why shouldn't they reduce hours to 28 to avoid paying for health ins? The extra 4 hours the people would work would not benifit sea world enough to cover the ins.
Sea world is a biz not a non profit so if u don't like it gather up millions of dollars and start ur own sea world and then we'll see if YOU pay for part time workers health ins

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