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by Robyn Blumner
For millions of Americans, all they really want for Christmas is decent health care coverage. It's a wish they've repeated over and over, and now it will come true. Obamacare has withstood the legal and political onslaught of its enemies. On January 1, 2014 -- just over one year away -- it will arrive.
Americans of all ages, healthy and sick, will join their counterparts in every other advanced nation by having access to affordable health insurance. Hallelujah.
Joyous good tidings, indeed. But lurking in the background, like a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge about to snatch the last lump of coal from Bob Cratchit's pitiful warming fire, are some of the nation's largest employers of low-wage workers plotting to make their employees' lives harder.
Think it's tough getting by on
In the most high profile case,
Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide affordable health insurance to their workforce or pay a penalty of up to
For instance, Pillar Hotels & Resorts, a company that controls hundreds of franchise hotels, including Sheraton and Holiday Inn, was reported by the
Part-time workers will get health care coverage, but you and I will pay for it. Under Obamacare, people making up to four times the federal poverty rate (
Remember how the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" looked so foreboding? Well, in one year, health care security will be the nation's Christmas gift to itself, but what mischief will befall low-wage workers as a result? Only the nation's Scrooges can say.
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