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McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers
timesnewsnet ^ | 10/10/2010 | staff

Posted on 10/07/2010 4:09:38 AM PDT by safetysign

USA Today is reporting that nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's and Jack in the Box won't be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn't lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.

Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.

"The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they've got," says Robert Laszewski, chief executive officer of consulting company Health Policy and Strategy Associates. "Here we are a month before the election, and these companies represent 1 million people who would lose the coverage they've got."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2tiermedicine; abovethelaw; dictatorhere; exemptions; islamexcepted; mcdonalds; obamacare; payoffsinplay; specialdeals; specialexemptions; taxes
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Another bombshell concerning Nobamacare.
1 posted on 10/07/2010 4:09:41 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: safetysign

Sounds like somebody’s highly-paid lobbyists earned their coin.


2 posted on 10/07/2010 4:13:08 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: safetysign

Just repeal this pos and flush it.

LLS


3 posted on 10/07/2010 4:13:12 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: safetysign
Goes to show how poorly thought out Obamacare is. Now the little guys who didn't get an exception are even more ticked about it than before.
4 posted on 10/07/2010 4:14:15 AM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: safetysign
“The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they've got,” says Robert Laszewski, chief executive officer of consulting company Health Policy and Strategy Associates. “Here we are a month before the election, and these companies represent 1 million people who would lose the coverage they've got.”

“The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they've got,” says Robert Laszewski, chief executive officer of consulting company Health Policy and Strategy Associates. “Here we are a month before the election, and these companies represent 1 million people who would NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT AGAIN IF THEY lose the coverage they've got.”

5 posted on 10/07/2010 4:15:58 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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BUMP


6 posted on 10/07/2010 4:16:48 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: safetysign

Where’s my exception? OH, I don’t pay BIG LOBBY BIG MONEY to bribe my government officials into doing something. That’s all this health plan garbage is — is making the PLAYERS PAY where before they didn’t have to—


7 posted on 10/07/2010 4:17:14 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: safetysign

...the government picking and choosing who gets what and for how long, and Obama is missing his golf game something terrible.


8 posted on 10/07/2010 4:19:27 AM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: safetysign

How can the gubmint offer waivers to 29 companies and not all the rest? Seems like an equal protection class action law suit waiting to happen to me. The gubmint cannot discriminate on the basis of ability to pay!


9 posted on 10/07/2010 4:19:53 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: safetysign

The entire Obummercare is going to ended very quickly. A criminal wrote the blueprint while in jail, and a bunch of criminals passed it against the will of the people, The disparate treatment that will ensue will be the downfall of Obummercare. Look at the track record of Obummer - everything he touches fails or falls apart. The AnnebergChicago Education Itiative that Obummer oversaw - how did that work out. Chicago Public Schools have a poor track record, and yet the Annenberg Foundation how many millions to improve the schools. the only thing that was improved was the bank accounts.


10 posted on 10/07/2010 4:28:08 AM PDT by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: safetysign

Rule of a dictator, this is NOT Rule of Law.


11 posted on 10/07/2010 4:29:56 AM PDT by bvw
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To: safetysign

Good for me and not for thee.....


12 posted on 10/07/2010 4:31:28 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: safetysign

“The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they’ve got,”

And now we have an unintended consequence. Socialism requires a single unitary executive having discretion to change the law to force a desired outcome. It is exactly what our founders tried to prevent with our constitutional system of checks and balances.


13 posted on 10/07/2010 4:33:18 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: safetysign

This sounds illegal................
So everyone has to follow the law except.....
VOTE THE LEFT OUT COME NOVEMBER


14 posted on 10/07/2010 4:45:25 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: bvw

Exactly the Government gets to play favourites. Not the rule of law.


15 posted on 10/07/2010 4:46:57 AM PDT by Timocrat
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To: safetysign

Does the law authorize issuing waivers?


16 posted on 10/07/2010 4:58:16 AM PDT by mlo
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To: safetysign

So, 29 companies are exempt? What about the thousands of other companies in the very same position? This is a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.


17 posted on 10/07/2010 4:59:36 AM PDT by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: libertylover

And create another party that can sue against the law.


18 posted on 10/07/2010 5:02:13 AM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell" - on amazon.com)
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To: McGavin999

Yep. No Equal protection under the law...


19 posted on 10/07/2010 5:02:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mlo

Does the law allow for these waivers?

Yep,

http://www.hhs.gov/ociio/regulations/patient/ociio_2010-1_20100903_508.pdf


20 posted on 10/07/2010 5:02:40 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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