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September 16, 2014

HOT BLAST: Obamacare and the Chicago Cubs

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:51 pm | Updated: 2:19 pm, Fri Aug 22, 2014.

In baseball, only the Chicago Cubs (who last won the World Series in 1908) would get caught fiddling with grounds-crew workers' hours to avoid paying health insurance -- and then not have enough people to pull out the tarp when it rains.

It sounds ludicrous, but it's true.

According to the reporting of and the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have limited some of their employees to less than 30 hours a week this season so they wouldn't fall under the Obamacare insurance coverage.

This week, as if on cue, the Cubs' ground crew botched a rain delay and didn't get the field covered in time. The Cubs won the shortened game, but the other team, San Francisco, appealed to the league office and won the appeal. (The game, thus, was resumed a following day.)

According to Talking Points Memo, "A spokesman for the Cubs, which are reportedly worth $1 billion and were the most profitable team in baseball in 2013, didn't refute the claims when asked by the Sun-Times, but he denied personnel changes were responsible for the field tarp incident."

Nevertheless, watch the video of the incident and be the judge. It's downright comical.

-- Phillip Tutor

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