Three daycare centers in West Virginia are closing their doors, and one of the reasons named is the added costs of Obamacare.
According to WVAH-WV, the facilities located in Kanawha County are “too expensive to operate.” Since the beginning of the school year, they have been losing $65,000 and also are in need of repairs. Also noted were “concerns with the added costs of the Affordable Care Act.”
The centers do not receive funding from the public and instead rely on fees charged to the families.
“Community education is self sufficient. We operate on the funds that we bring in,” Kanawha County Schools Executive Director of Elementary Education Bob Calhoun told WV Gazette. “I’m very disappointed. It’s not something you want to do. We’re taking the livelihood away from 40 people and causing distress for 120 families.”
As for the role of Obamacare in the closures, Calhoun stated, “We would have to start offering an insurance to employees. Right now, [employees] are contracted. So we’d have to start offering benefits, either that or double staff and reduce their hours, and it’s just not something we’re able to do.”
Parents expressed frustration and may now need to add their kids to a waiting list elsewhere. Forty people will also lose their jobs.