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Restaurant chain partnering with White House anti-obesity campaign received ObamaCare Waiver
New Hampshire Watchdog ^ | 9/15/11 | Grant Bosse

Posted on 09/16/2011 6:29:48 PM PDT by jimbo123

Today, a top national restaurant chain partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move childhood anti-obesity campaign. Last year, that same company received a waiver exempting it from some of the most stringent mandates of ObamaCare.

Michelle Obama visited an Olive Garden restaurant in Hyattsville, Maryland today as Darden Restaurants announced that it would reduce the amount of calories and sodium in its menu by 20% over the next decade.

Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52, received a waiver from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on October 26, 2010 allowing the company to avoid some of the insurance mandates of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare. The law eventually outlaws “mini-med” plans to offer low benefit levels to low-wage employees. But companies can keep their mini-med plans if they can show that they couldn’t afford to comply with the law.

(Excerpt) Read more at newhampshire.watchdog.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bahamabreeze; bigazz; capitalgrille; dardenrestaurants; frenchfries; longhornsteakhouse; mooshellobama; obamacare; obamacarewaiver; olivegarden; redlobster; seasons52; waiver; whitehouse
Boycott Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52.
1 posted on 09/16/2011 6:29:54 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I’m never setting foot in them, again, and my parents sold their stock in the company, yesterday. They are also encouraging others to do the same in their ‘investment club’.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 6:33:13 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Attaaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!! XD)
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To: jimbo123

Prostitutes come in all shapes and sizes.


3 posted on 09/16/2011 6:33:18 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jimbo123

Whoop$! Yet another Obama $candal. My boycott is in place. FUDarden!


4 posted on 09/16/2011 6:34:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: jimbo123
I go to restaurants that give me what I want.

Not what the first moron wants in the White House.

5 posted on 09/16/2011 6:35:37 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

Boom!!!


6 posted on 09/16/2011 6:36:32 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who won’t leave.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

If we all promise to eat less fat and salt, can we get waivers from Obamacare?


7 posted on 09/16/2011 6:40:59 PM PDT by abclily
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To: jimbo123

I like Longhorn, impeach the clown in chief.


8 posted on 09/16/2011 6:41:10 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: jimbo123
I'm through eating there. The bread sticks were one of the main attractions for me. Boycott!
9 posted on 09/16/2011 6:41:19 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: jimbo123

Darden’s going to lower our food portions then we will lower their revenue portions. Works both ways you tyrant cronies in bed with ObamaCare. Ma Mo should practice what she preaches on herself first.


10 posted on 09/16/2011 6:43:06 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: jimbo123

I’ll take an order of onion rings with those fries.


11 posted on 09/16/2011 6:43:53 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: jimbo123

Every time I go to Longhorn and Olive Garden these days, there is new menu with higher prices and smaller portions. If they are pledging to lower their sodium and calories in 10 years, I doubt they’ll need to worry about living up to that pledge. At the rate they they’re jacking up prices, I doubt Americans with kids will be able to eat there much longer.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 6:44:23 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: tflabo

I thought OBozo said he wasn’t going to give out any more wavers?


13 posted on 09/16/2011 6:45:14 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: jimbo123
Duhhhh...say 'Hi' to the Darden's CEO!

Photobucket

14 posted on 09/16/2011 6:45:36 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: jimbo123

Never did like Red Lobster much, but as for the rest of them that is it for me. My investment club doesn’t own this one or it would be history.


15 posted on 09/16/2011 6:45:50 PM PDT by cork
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To: jimbo123

Crony capitalism.


16 posted on 09/16/2011 6:47:01 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: jimbo123

Rush says Boycotts don’t work. I DON’T CARE! I AM DONE WITH THEM, just like I AM DONE WITH GM and GE.

screw the anti-Americans who are screwing us.


17 posted on 09/16/2011 6:47:24 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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Fascist Gardens


18 posted on 09/16/2011 6:50:14 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: DB

Plus if you read their home page they give money or scholarships especially to minority poor children of color. Poor white kids need not apply. They go out of their way on this page to be diverse..the company if you read their home page and go into the specifics, has gone to hell.

http://www.darden.com/commitment/diversity.asp

I used to work for Red Lobster when it was owned by General Mills. I will never step foot in another Red Lobster again. Ive been boycotting it since I learned that it got a health care waiver about a year ago.


19 posted on 09/16/2011 6:52:12 PM PDT by Debi911
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To: WVNan
Crony capitalism.

Crapitalism.

20 posted on 09/16/2011 7:02:07 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: jimbo123

21 posted on 09/16/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

this is one reason why smart companies stay out of politics


22 posted on 09/16/2011 7:07:13 PM PDT by q_an_a (uues)
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To: Debi911

Darden’s is on the dark side and will get no more business from me. I liked both Red Lobster and Olive Garden (I know, I know, it’s not REAL Italian food), but I’m not going to give them any more business. Let the left eat there!


23 posted on 09/16/2011 7:07:35 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (What's special about bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can do bad. I prefer good!)
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To: Debi911
Plus if you read their home page they give money or scholarships especially to minority poor children of color. Poor white kids need not apply. They go out of their way on this page to be diverse.

The new definition of the word diverse in this context is: non-white, any person who is not Caucasian.

24 posted on 09/16/2011 7:08:26 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Bean Counter

Omfg!


25 posted on 09/16/2011 7:08:31 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who won’t leave.)
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To: Bean Counter

Omfg!


26 posted on 09/16/2011 7:08:31 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who won’t leave.)
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To: Bean Counter

Bleck.

Can you imagine trying to tap that?


27 posted on 09/16/2011 7:09:00 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: arasina

LOL. I thought for a minute you were correcting my spelling.....oh, wait....


28 posted on 09/16/2011 7:10:02 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: jimbo123

The Olive Garden lowest calorie meal = 0 calories ... eating at a competitors restaurant!


29 posted on 09/16/2011 7:13:07 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I think Rush is short-sighted in this evaluation. Boycotts do work. He just doesn’t want to follow the lib game-plan. But that’s just like saying if they use guns we shouldn’t use guns. It’s a proven tactic. And ever since I found this site I can tell he reads it. He uses too many comments from this site to convince me otherwise.


30 posted on 09/16/2011 7:24:08 PM PDT by TwoSwords (Has anyone seen my suspension of disbelief pills?)
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To: jimbo123
This is all such an obvious plot. Get Moosechelle to pretend she cares about how much people eat...so the Darden restaurant group can cut portions for customers, based on the Wookie's urging. Sounds so patriotic, LOL. But it is a scam.

It is just Obama's way to help them, the waiver getting chain, increase their profits. His thinking: If the govt. promotes the chain for being "concerned" and then, in Obama's mind, this will make more customers go there...and since the portions are smaller, cost for the restaurant is reduced and customers are increased. That is Obama's idea of economics.

Thing is, fewer people are going to want to pay full price for less food on their plates. And the restaurants who are in Obama's back pocket will soon feel the pinch in their pockets. It will "serve" them right when they find their restaurants failing as a result of this stupid relationship and plan by the prez and his wookie wife.

31 posted on 09/16/2011 7:25:43 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of the decline of the USA)
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To: Don Corleone
Prostitutes come in all shapes and sizes.

So do Pimps.

32 posted on 09/16/2011 7:54:17 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: FreeAtlanta
boycotts may not work but they make me feel a lot better.....

support local restaurants...

33 posted on 09/16/2011 8:09:20 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
If you thought that was tasteless.....




34 posted on 09/16/2011 8:35:51 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: jimbo123

No problem.

Wondered what payoff they were getting now we know. Obama’s going to start calling in IOU’s.


35 posted on 09/16/2011 8:49:13 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Bean Counter

Do you want to know what the worst thing about this is?

It’s the fact that my eyes can never “unsee” it!!!


36 posted on 09/16/2011 9:06:23 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The overwhelming stench of corruption is coming at us “fast and furious” these days, isn’t it?


37 posted on 09/16/2011 10:19:56 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

Sure is.


38 posted on 09/16/2011 10:20:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Mexico! Your poverty isn't America's problem.)
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To: jimbo123

Shocker.


39 posted on 09/16/2011 10:21:17 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: jimbo123

I read earlier this week that the Darden Restaurant outfit made a list of businesses supporting Planned Parenthood.

Now I have two reasons not to go to their restaurants.


40 posted on 09/17/2011 1:05:01 AM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: arasina

CRAPitalism!!! LOL!!!!!!!


41 posted on 09/17/2011 4:52:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: TwoSwords

Rush would be target one in a boycott war.


42 posted on 09/17/2011 4:56:45 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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