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How’s That Obamacare Waiver Workin’ Out for Ya?

Posted by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 7:59 AM
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By Michelle Malkin  â€˘  November 16, 2012 09:21 AM

How’s That Obamacare Waiver Workin’ Out for Ya?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

Exactly two years ago this week, the Obama administration announced it had issued more than 100 waivers en masse to a select group of companies, unions and other health insurance providers seeking relief from the onerous federal health care law. The Obamacare waiver winner’s club now totals 2,000. Where are they now?

Answer: In the same miserable boat as every other unlucky business struggling with the crushing costs and burdens of the mandate.

Among the first and most prominent recipients of the Obamacare waivers for favors were large restaurant chains that provide low-wage, seasonal and part-time workers with low-cost health insurance plans called “mini-med” plans. An estimated 1.7 million workers benefit from such plans. Obamacare forced companies carrying such coverage to raise their minimum limits on coverage to no less than $750,000 annually. Another Obamacare provision forces all employers to spend at least 80 percent to 85 percent of their premium revenue on medical care.

The social justice Democrats’ goal was to dictate insurance provider spending not just on coverage amounts, but also on executive salaries, marketing and other costs. The regulation punished companies with mini-med plans whose high administrative costs were due to frequent worker turnover and relatively low spending on claims — not “greed.” Complying with the provision would have meant tens of thousands of low-income workers would lose their benefits altogether.

Darden Restaurants, the Florida-based parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other chains, was a member of the Obamacare waiver early bird special. Their get-out-of-Obamacare card helped spare the company’s health insurance benefits for nearly 34,000 employees. Breathing a sigh of relief that it would allow chains to continue offering all employees access to affordable health insurance, Darden said in a statement in the fall of 2010 that “the waiver allows us to continue to do that as the various phases of the health care law are implemented.”

Fast-forward to 2012. Darden announced last month that it would begin shifting full-time workers to part-time status to save money, cut health costs and circumvent Obamacare’s coverage mandate scheduled for full implementation in 2014. The move would reduce full-time employees’ hours to less than 30 hours a week; part-time workers are exempt from the insurance mandate. McDonald’s, another big Obamacare waiver recipient, is considering the same move.

In fact, a survey of members of the Chain Restaurant Compensation Association (CRCA) conducted last year by Hay Group reported that a whopping 77 percent of “quick serve” restaurant operators said they were considering reducing employee hours to change their status from full-time to part-time. At least one Denny’s restaurant franchise owner in Florida is cutting hours and has openly contemplated an Obamacare surcharge. Jimmy John’s and Papa John’s are also slashing work hours. Applebee’s is mulling a freeze on both hiring and expansion.

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is a race-neutral truth. But economically illiterate Obama supporters have now called for boycotts of these businesses and accused them of vengeful “racism” against the president. Instead of sympathy and gratitude for private businesses trying to do right by their workers, customers and shareholders, the corporate-bashers inundated Twitter this week with profanity-laced condemnations of the restaurant service industry. One protester tweeted: “@Applebees Your CEO is a racist piece of (redacted), he not hiring because Obama was elected…U WILL LOSE CUSTOMERS.”

“Red Lobster, Olive Garden (are) using Obama re-election as an excuse to deny employees benefits and living wages,” Jon Marquis fumed.

Twitter user Daphine Walker sent unhinged, ungrammatical messages to Red Lobster and Olive Garden in all-caps: “I WILL NEVER SPEND ANOTHER CENT ON THIS RACIST COMPANY WHO DOESNT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES.”

The CEO of Red Lobster and Olive Garden is black. But no matter. Regardless of the actual facts, economic realities and entirely predictable and inevitable consequences of command-and-control government mandates, it’s always about identity politics for the Obama grievance mob. In good times and bad, the left never grants waivers from the race card.

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candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

so I guess they were just short term waivers?

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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yes, that's what they always were,.Stupid republicans believed the FOX BS so they didn't understand what was happening as usual

Quoting candlegal:

so I guess they were just short term waivers?

ShanayMommaOf5
by New Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I can still gets my ObamaCare if I dont has job, write?

suetoo
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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Kinda' worried......the people who've been paying for "your" Obama benefits can no longer work hard enough or long enough to pay for their own healthcare and taxes. So........do the math, or scream for someone to do it for you!

Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM
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Is it really the companies can't afford it; or the CEOs just can't continue receiving bloated paychecks and raises?
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candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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uh, really?

Quoting ShanayMommaOf5:

I can still gets my ObamaCare if I dont has job, write?


batmansgirl
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Well I'v always wondered where is the money going to come from to pay for this mandated health care?? Can someone please answer??  I cannot afford higher taxes or insurance rates...

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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 All I have to say is people wanted it..people got...consequences and all.

Not surprised McDonalds is mulling a change...they got a nasty profit surprise this last quarter.

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM
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 It amazes me how people tend to forget corporations are owned by stockholders, not CEO's.  Stockholders require a return on their investment....a profit.  If not they sell their shares and invest elsewhere...enough people doing this will bankrupt a company.

People should also remember who those stockholders are.....they aren't just rich people....they are pension plans...401k's and IRA's.  So every time you bash a corp you are also bashing the school bus driver, firefighter, nurse....that own a piece of it.

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

yes, that's what they always were,.Stupid republicans believed the FOX BS so they didn't understand what was happening as usual

Quoting candlegal:

so I guess they were just short term waivers?

 An honest question ok.  What was happening?  From my perspective I see companies granted a waiver for something not yet implemented...now when implementation starts...the waiver was just meant to be short term?  Why even bother with the waiver to begin with?  I mean what good is it if you don't have it for the actual implementation?

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