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


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.