Matt Coneybeare


Starbucks' Stance on Obamacare

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Surprisingly, Starbucks is doing the right thing when approaching the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory health coverage for companies with more than 50 full-time employees. While most large corporations are trimming hours to fall under the 30 hour per week cutoff, raising prices to cover the cost of providing health insurance to their work force or other shenanigans meant to punish either the customer or the workers for the increased coverage, Starbucks plans to simply follow the law as intended, without whining or bickering, by simply doing it.

“Other companies have announced that they won’t provide coverage for spouses; others are lobbying for the cut-off to be at 40 hours. But Starbucks will continue maintaining benefits for partners and won’t use the new law as excuse to cut benefits or lower benefits for its workers,” Schultz said in a telephone interview.

Kudos Starbucks. I will buy an extra coffee. Oh, and because this is mostly a tech blog, here is Stabucks’ iOS App.


My name is Matt Coneybeare, I design and develop for the web, iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), and MacOS out of New York City. In 2008 I started a software company called Urban Apps that has made some pretty popular apps such as Ambiance and Hourly News. In 2019, I joined the team at Ticket Evolution as a Senior Software Engineer. My current Stack Overflow reputation is about 27k.

I was a Rockstar a decade ago, but then went back to school and collected a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and a MBA from Quantic. Now I am settled down with my beautiful wife Di and our dog Hamachi. When not at my desk, I love exploring New York City as a Yelp Elite, or training for marathons.

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