Regal Entertainment Group has unleashed a torrent of criticism from customers on its Facebook page after cutting the hours of thousands of non-salaried employees to avoid Obamacare requirements to extend health insurance to workers who put in more than 30 hours a week.

The nation's largest movie theater chain did not return calls, but obtained a company memo in which it blamed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the move.

"To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Regal had to increase our health care budget to cover those newly deemed eligible based on the law's definition of a full-time employee," the memo said.

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