The New York Post has a new piece up dealing with the “tarp fiasco” at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, and they’ve identified a possible culprit for it: Obamacare.
Citing sources from the Chicago Sun-Times, the piece highlights the disaster that befell the Cubs home field on Tuesday. The skeleton team of 15 scrambled to cover the field and protect it from a sudden downpour, to no avail. The storm ended up soaking the grounds, and the mishap led to a protest from the Giants. The Giants won the dispute, and the game was suspended due to the “malfunction of a mechanical field device under the control of the home club.”
The Sun-Times reportedly spoke to three officials from other teams, and they all confirmed that the incident showed an “undermanned” grounds crew. The real kicker is this: the Sun-Times points out that the Cubs are in the top five money-making teams. So why was the grounds crew short-staffed?
So the management could avoid having to pay for healthcare requirements as stipulated under Obamacare:
The staffing issues that hamstrung the grounds crew Tuesday during a mad dash with the tarp under a sudden rainstorm were created in part by a wide-ranging reorganization last winter of game-day personnel, job descriptions and work limits designed to keep the seasonal workers – including much of the grounds crew – under 130 hours per month, according to numerous sources with direct knowledge.
That’s the full-time worker definition under “Obamacare,” which requires employer-provided healthcare benefits for “big businesses” such as a major league team.
Spokeswoman for the Cubs, Julian Green, denied the charge; she chalked it up to a “bizarre weather system” that “wasn’t in the forecast” and that “the tarp wasn’t pulled until well after it’d started raining,” which made it difficult. She added that it had been improperly stored, which added to the difficulty.
Let’s take a step back away from baseball and the disaster at Wrigley Field and look at the larger picture. This is actually a very common conservative argument against Obamacare, and it resounds with the workers, because they see it happening. Hours get cut, time gets dialed back, and people get hurt, because of the federal requirement for full-time healthcare coverage.
But the federal requirement is not a problem, and it’s not the federal government’s fault that your company cut your hours back.
It’s your company’s fault. The federal government never told your company, “okay, time to cut back on your employee’s hours.” They said, “you have to take care of your employees by offering them healthcare.” It was your company’s president, who, following whatever warped moral calculus it is that drives modern employers to view their employees as replaceable parts, made the decision to cut your hours. It was a win all around for them — they get to pay you less, and they get to dodge the healthcare requirement.
And that’s not a problem with Obamacare, although I will grant that in a better world, Obamacare would’ve had regulations to prevent that (in an ideal world, we’d have socialized/universal healthcare like the rest of the developed world). This is a problem with employers, so let’s aim that anger in the right direction, shall we? Especially in the case of the Chicago Cubs. What excuse does management have, beyond raw greed, when the team makes as much money as they do?