AOL Cuts Employee Benefits, Blames Obamacare

by Karl Utermohlen | February 7, 2014 2:06 pm

AOL (AOL[1]) is cutting some of its employee benefits in order to pay for new costs induced by Obamacare.


The tech company claims that President Obama’s new health care reform law is costing the company[3] an additional $7.1 million. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said that these costs have so forced the company to either pass that expense to employees or to cut other benefits.

Armstrong added that the company had to pay two different employees with distressed babies $1 million each to ensure their health. People immediately criticized Armstrong’s statements which refer to 401(k) changes to childbirth costs.

Guardian editor Heidi N. Moore tweeted that Armstrong makes $12 million a year, yet he’s taking retirement money away from employees in order to pay for sick babies. Armstrong responded by saying that high-risk pregnancies are simply one example of how the company supports families in need.

AOL stock is down 1.2% Friday.

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