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Lowe’s, Food Lion parent company join Affordable Care Act protest

Two of the Charlotte region’s big retailers, Lowe’s and Food Lion parent Delhaize, have attached their names to a letter supporting the repeal of some provisions in President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association and the South Carolina Retail Association, trade groups, also added their support. The letter was released Thursday by Congressman Robert Pittenger’s office.

Pittenger and his colleague Congressman Richard Hudson have introduced a bill that would repeal the “auto enroll” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, companies with more than 200 workers must automatically enroll full-time employees in their healthcare plans within three months, unless the employees opt out.

Retailers contend that since they have high employee turnover, the law wouldn’t enroll many more workers in healthcare plans but would create more paperwork. The companies say they will already be required to offer healthcare plans, and the auto enroll provision is redundant.

Lowe’s, Delhaize and the Carolinas trade groups were joined by more than 100 other businesses and state retailer associations who attached their names to the letter.

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