Close the Walmart Loophole

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    Close the Walmart Loophole

    As the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) nears final implementation, large, low-wage employers are trying to exploit a loophole. Obamacare requires large companies to provide their workers with healthcare, but if those workers are paid so little that they qualify for Medicaid, taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

    Companies like Walmart and Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, are already cutting hours and eliminating benefits, so they can make taxpayers pick up the cost of healthcare for their employees. The solution: Assembly Bill 880 which would penalize large, low-wage employers that have workers enrolled in Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid, instead of covering those workers themselves, as mandated by Obamacare.

    Send your Assemblymember an email saying: "Please support AB 880, Asm. Gomez' bill to close the Walmart Loophole in Obamacare. AB 880 will impose a penalty on large, low-wage corporations that dump workers onto the Medi-Cal program, shifting the cost of health insurance onto taxpayers. California can't support more corporate welfare." 

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