‘More government, fewer choices.’

Health care choices curtailed by Obamacare

B. Daniel Blatt

Well, it does seem that more federal regulations limit our choices:  ”McDonald’s Corp.has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul“:

While many restaurants don’t offer health coverage, McDonald’s provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised. A single worker can pay $14 a week for a plan that caps annual benefits at $2,000, or about $32 a week to get coverage up to $10,000 a year.

Last week, a senior McDonald’s official informed the Department of Health and Human Services that the restaurant chain’s insurer won’t meet a 2011 requirement to spend at least 80% to 85% of its premium revenue on medical care. . . .

McDonald’s move is the latest indication of possible unintended consequences from the health overhaul.

And it won’t be the last.  So, we’ve got a private company which provides a means to offer health insurance to employees in a business with high employee turn-over, but such an innovative plan won’t pass muster with the bureaucrats administrating Obamacare.

And I thought its goal was to increase health care coverage.  Instead, it forces private employers to drop a plan it was offered.  More government, fewer choices.

Update: Power Line has thoughts about McDonald’s to Go.

Update 2: Michelle Malkin asks, Will There be a McDonald’s Inquisition Now?

Update 3: Also via Michelle Malkin, “Instant damage control:  McD’s denies the story. “, and “The truth keeps seeping out. Via Forbes (h/t Obamacare 411)”

Left blogs are gloating about how the “wingnuts” never do our homework. At CAJ we think Forbes and WSJ are pretty credible, reliable sources.

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