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Dunkin' Brands Takes Stand Against Obamacare

The Canton-based company is lobbying the White House to changes its definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, according to reports.

Canton-based Dunkin' Brands has joined the fight against Obamacare

The coffee and baked goods company is working to overturn a major provision of Obamacare, according to a Newsmax.com report this week.

Specifically, Dunkin' is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, CEO Nigel Travis told the Financial Times, according to The Huffington Post.

There are four Dunkin' Donuts locations in Natick, including one on E. Central Street.

The change would leave Dunkin', as well as other companies, with fewer workers to insure under the health care reform law, which requires large employers to provide health coverage to all full-time workers and their dependents. Those companies who fail to provide coverage could face a penalty of $2,000 per worker. The mandate applies to every company with 50 or more full-time employees. 

What do you think? Do you support the move by Dunkin' Brands? Let us know in the comments section below.

live local February 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM
More government regulations will not help business grow.
Irene Del Bono February 23, 2013 at 01:22 PM
People - especially young people and families - can no longer afford housing, medical care or many of the basic necessities of life. Who picks up the tab so big businesses like Dunkin Donuts can increase their profits? The taxpayers. Big business and their talking heads come up with ads and anti-regulation slogans as a smoke screen to hide the fact that what they are really trying to accomplish is increasing their profits by putting expenses that they should be paying onto the taxpayers. The taxpayers buy it hook line and sinker, and then complain when people who work 2 or 3 part time jobs without benefits need assistance with taxpayer-funded housing, food, and medical care (or contaminated site clean ups, special education for children with attention deficit, autism, cancer care due to the numerous cancer-causing chemicals in our environment that other countries have long-since banned). Even during the worst of our industrial era, businesses provided affordable housing, food, and medical care for their employees because their calculations showed it helped their bottom line. Then they found a way to avoid those costs by shifting them on to the taxpayers, and they spend a lot of money convincing the taxpayers that big businesses are the victims by complaining about regulation, when the regulations are doing nothing more than shifting the costs back to businesses and off the backs of the taxpayers.
Michael Barrett February 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM
No, the regulations are moving jobs to china and overseas.
Michael Barrett February 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Talk to the coal industry about the regulations from obama that are puting them out of business. What is obamacare? Big gov't run medicine with thousnads of regulations and trillions in new taxes. Do you like your health insurance plan now? You cannot keep it, if it does not meet what the federal gov't says you need. They want to run your life, wake up

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