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White House Pledges Flexibility on McDonald's Health Plan
WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2010, 9:47 P.M. ET | JANET ADAMY

Posted on 09/30/2010 7:12:27 PM PDT by STONEWALLS

The Obama administration said Thursday that its top health official will "exercise her discretion" in enforcing a new health-law requirement, a move that could help McDonald's Corp. and other employers from disrupting their health-care policies for hourly workers.

The announcement Thursday followed a report in The Wall Street Journal that McDonald's warned federal regulators it could drop its health-insurance plan for nearly 30,000 restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the health overhaul. The requirement, known as the minimum medical loss ratio, concerns the percentage of revenue received from premiums that must be spent on benefits.

McDonald's is among the retailers and restaurant chains that offer a "mini-med" limited benefit. Most of these plans don't meet a 2011 requirement that they spend 80% to 85% of premiums on medical benefits instead of overhead expenses.

McDonald's last week sent a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services a memo saying "it would be economically prohibitive for our carrier to continue offering" its "mini-med" limited benefit plan unless it got an exemption from the requirement.

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KEYWORDS: bigmacattack; chavez; commiesraus; despot; mcdonalds; obamacare; socialism; tyrant
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HA!....MCD backed the White house down...but guess what?...there are tons of other companies facing the same health insurance issues as Big Mac...so what's Obama gonna do; back down on them all?

The fact is that the free market is reacting to the burdens of socialism and Obama and the Dems can't control that...I got as hunch a lot more companies will put the heat on Obamacare before Nov 2.

1 posted on 09/30/2010 7:12:34 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

News at 11!!

obama bows to Ronald McDonald


2 posted on 09/30/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT by farmguy
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To: STONEWALLS

Yeah, but this is right out of Atlas Shrugged. I’m afraid my company won’t have as effective a “Washington man” as McDonald’s does.


3 posted on 09/30/2010 7:15:24 PM PDT by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: STONEWALLS

Those who will vote for Democrats will get exemption.
It will be decided by WH.
Govt will control everything.


4 posted on 09/30/2010 7:15:40 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: STONEWALLS

Obama’s socialist utopia is crumbling.


5 posted on 09/30/2010 7:16:14 PM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: farmguy

Why not....

One clown to another.....


6 posted on 09/30/2010 7:16:32 PM PDT by njslim
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To: STONEWALLS
check and mate.

We passed the bill
You have no idea what it is nor what is in it
We can and will make up the rules as we go along
We'll hammer you for decades as to how you voted for this.

Every pol, D and R should be tried for treason and shot for voting aye to this albatross.

(No offence to albatrossesses)

7 posted on 09/30/2010 7:16:37 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: farmguy

Rush nailed this on his show today.


8 posted on 09/30/2010 7:17:26 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Liberty Ship

Isn’t there some kind of law that will prohibit the small potatoes guy from not getting an exemption when the big potatoes guy gets one?


9 posted on 09/30/2010 7:18:13 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: STONEWALLS

Isn’t that what’s called a carve out... a political favor in search of support for the overall bill? Better get up to DC soon, cause, not everybody is gunna get the same sweet deal.


10 posted on 09/30/2010 7:18:17 PM PDT by dps.inspect (uttox)
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To: STONEWALLS

“exercise her discretion”

So now we live in a society in which we are subject to the whims of political appointees. My country of birth doesn’t really exist anymore.


11 posted on 09/30/2010 7:18:45 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: farmguy
News at 11!! obama bows to Ronald McDonald
Im gonna get you.... for making me spit up my dinner!
12 posted on 09/30/2010 7:21:08 PM PDT by ph12321 (We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: STONEWALLS

If they allow it for McD’s, they have to allow it for every company. It’s that equal protection thingy.


13 posted on 09/30/2010 7:21:50 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: STONEWALLS

According to our constitution, the President is not supposed to make laws on his own.


14 posted on 09/30/2010 7:21:57 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: RummyChick

“Isn’t there some kind of law that will prohibit the small potatoes guy from not getting an exemption when the big potatoes guy gets one?”

...good point...I think that’s covered by the Robinson-Pattman Act(anti-trust)

also how about some ‘flexibility’ for my household when we get a 20% rate hike from Blue Cross?


15 posted on 09/30/2010 7:23:03 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: devane617

I wonder if the opposite is true.

A Socialist Utopia has a singular executive who is able to force a desired outcome by changing the laws as unintended consequences come up. That is what we have.


16 posted on 09/30/2010 7:23:42 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: Liberty Ship
Yeah, but this is right out of Atlas Shrugged. I’m afraid my company won’t have as effective a “Washington man” as McDonald’s does.

I'd think your company could hire Wesley Mouch's services pretty cheaply. He hasn't worked in what, over 50 years now?

17 posted on 09/30/2010 7:23:56 PM PDT by kevao
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To: STONEWALLS

Obama is lying.


18 posted on 09/30/2010 7:25:16 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: STONEWALLS

Selective enforcement of the law.


19 posted on 09/30/2010 7:26:12 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: STONEWALLS

“its top health official will “exercise her discretion” in enforcing a new health-law requirement”

Selective enforcement of laws? WTF?

Can I use this as precedent to demand “selective enforcement” of 922(o)? At least that has a loophole wherein the BATFE could be directed to issue permits.


20 posted on 09/30/2010 7:26:44 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (+)
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To: RummyChick

The Equal Protection Clause, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Protection_Clause

Unfortunately Presidents (Republican and Democrat) appoint people who are in agreement with the idea that the Judiciary should be deferential to the Executive branch.


21 posted on 09/30/2010 7:27:14 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: farmguy

I could understand the Burger King because he is, after all, royalty. Bowing to a clown is something completely different.


22 posted on 09/30/2010 7:27:57 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

“So now we live in a society in which we are subject to the whims of political appointees. My country of birth doesn’t really exist anymore.”

Hallmark of fascism. Winners and losers chosen according to political whim.


23 posted on 09/30/2010 7:28:30 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: STONEWALLS
Screw "Flexibility",repeal the whole damn thing!

No incremental changes or tweaking this or that.

Dump the whole socialist takeover,then we move on to other things like the Department of Education.

24 posted on 09/30/2010 7:28:53 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: STONEWALLS

So is Obama going to re-write ObamaScare just for McDonald’s? Likely blowing smoke up Micky Ds rear for the November elections.


25 posted on 09/30/2010 7:29:29 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Liberty Ship
Yeah, but this is right out of Atlas Shrugged. I’m afraid my company won’t have as effective a “Washington man” as McDonald’s does.

You are right. Most of us are screwed.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

26 posted on 09/30/2010 7:33:25 PM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: STONEWALLS
top health official will "exercise her discretion" in enforcing a new health-law requirement

Kind of like they do at the Justice Department.

27 posted on 09/30/2010 7:33:29 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends who have abandoned Obama: 11)
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To: STONEWALLS

SITUATIONAL_ETHICS_PING!


28 posted on 09/30/2010 7:35:24 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
My country of birth doesn’t really exist anymore.

You must be young. Mine vanished many decades ago.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

29 posted on 09/30/2010 7:36:26 PM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: STONEWALLS
"...so what's Obama gonna do; back down on them all?"

Good question. He and his ilk are so slimey, I could see them trying to force McDonald's and other large corporations, like Walmart, into accepting unions, in exchange for immunity from his health care plan.

30 posted on 09/30/2010 7:36:48 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: STONEWALLS

Who wrote a law that allows a single appointed person in the executive branch to actually decide who has to follow the law and who doesn’t?


31 posted on 09/30/2010 7:37:19 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi
"According to our constitution, the President is not supposed to make laws on his own.",

Yah well you've already provided the qualifier. Where's the enforcement?

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

32 posted on 09/30/2010 7:39:01 PM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: STONEWALLS
All well and good for large, politically connected companies. Bad for the mom and pop businesses that compete with the big boys. Rent-seeking corporatism in action, all thanks to the Democratic Party.

G*d damm*t, but government sucks.

33 posted on 09/30/2010 7:39:50 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: Liberty Ship
Yeah, but this is right out of Atlas Shrugged.

I agree. But I wonder. Who plays the role of Wesley Mouch? There are so many to choose from.

34 posted on 09/30/2010 7:41:44 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: STONEWALLS

equal protection under the law??? would the same happen for a small company.....


35 posted on 09/30/2010 7:42:31 PM PDT by dareon
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Who wrote a law that allows a single appointed person in the executive branch to actually decide who has to follow the law and who doesn’t?

What does it matter? America is dead -- get over it and figure your part in our way forward. Or cave; it doesn't matter. It's over and too many don't understand it.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

36 posted on 09/30/2010 7:42:51 PM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: STONEWALLS

The expression Rule of law” came as a child of””freedom from the arbitary application of power”. Naked power is Government. An unjust soverign was aritrary and the fatal flaw of Monarchy or Oligarcy. With the application of naked power always in the hand of someone life is not free.

The tyrant King or the tyrant Democracy is free to be arbitrary.

By the arbitrary release of a McDonald a Campbell can be made to toe the line — sell its Tartan and its soup.

We want “fairness” after all and pray the Annointed One will grant it in this new church we find ourseves in.


37 posted on 09/30/2010 7:42:54 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: farmguy

obama bows to Ronald McDonald


And 0bama can kiss America’s a$$.


38 posted on 09/30/2010 7:42:54 PM PDT by unkus
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To: farmguy

I wonder how long it took the Obama Administration to threaten McDonalds into reversing course on this.


39 posted on 09/30/2010 7:47:05 PM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: USNBandit

One clown bowing to another.


40 posted on 09/30/2010 7:48:04 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: STONEWALLS

There is no choice for America. This abomination must be repealed and tossed into the trash bin of history along with the creators.


41 posted on 09/30/2010 7:51:33 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: STONEWALLS
"See, we're reasonable fascists. You can deal with us...."
42 posted on 09/30/2010 7:53:37 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: STONEWALLS
"See, we're reasonable fascists. You can deal with us...."
43 posted on 09/30/2010 7:53:46 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Clint Williams

I’m not quite that cynical but Franklin did say on the last day of the constitutional convention,

In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults—if they are such—because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.

I think we have a chance for the next few years to get things right but if we allow ourselves to be corrupted or discouraged, it will end in tyranny as Franklin predicted.


44 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:02 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: STONEWALLS

WOW...sooooooooooooo, if your a giant CORPORATION (you know, Dums evil incarnate people), get SPECIAL treatment.

Keep it up Zero, your just providing more and more evidence of this giant slugs (HCR)UNCONSTITUTIONALITY.


45 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:02 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: farmguy

46 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:38 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: STONEWALLS

I’d like an order of McBust’my’Chops, some fries and a strawberry smoothie .. uhhhhh .. to go


47 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: STONEWALLS; All

Obama has not backed down. He has said he wants to destroy private insurance and replace it with a single-payer public option, Eates will have to go up under Obamacare or coverages dropped.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2599429/posts


48 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:55 PM PDT by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: knarf
"Every pol, D and R should be tried for treason and shot for voting aye to this albatross."

I prefer trials and hangins' on the Capitol steps.

Assembly-line style.

49 posted on 09/30/2010 7:55:59 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: STONEWALLS

According to Michael Moore, McDonald’s is a bigger threat to America than Terrorism.


50 posted on 09/30/2010 7:57:06 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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