While say­ing that the cut rep­re­sents only 2% of their employ­ee pop­u­la­tion, have you seen how many peo­ple that involves? Yes 30,000 employ­ees work­ing less than 30 hours per week at Wal Mart will see their ben­e­fits elim­i­nat­ed effec­tive Jan­u­ary 1. This fol­lows moves made by Home Depot, Walgreen’s, Trad­er Joe’s and Tar­get. Wal Mart had pre­vi­ous­ly cut back its pro­gram in 2011 to elim­i­nate cov­er­age of asso­ciates work­ing few­er than 24 hours per week. Of course, these peo­ple will need some­where to go…so look for more sub­si­dies on the exchanges.