Obama Fires Back at Staples for Blasting ObamaCare: ‘Shame on Them’

‘I haven’t looked at Staples stock lately or what the compensation of the CEO is, but I suspect that they could well afford to treat their workers favorably’

Obama Fires Back at Staples over Health Care: ‘Shame on Them’ (Mediaite)

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith asked President Barack Obama to respond to some mischief by office supply chain Staples, which has threatened to punish workers who clock enough hours to trigger the employee-provided health care under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

Obama said Staples had more than enough revenue to provide its employees either health care or adequate wages to buy some.

“I haven’t looked at Staples stock lately or what the compensation of the CEO is, but I suspect that they could well afford to treat their workers favorably and give them some basic financial security,” Obama said. “If they can’t, then they should be willing to allow those workers to get the Affordable Care Act without cutting wages.”

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