Via these waivers, these thirty companies are now have advantages that their competitors don't. In the future, if you were to plan to open a business to compete with them, remember that you are no longer competing on the better product at a better price so much as you are on the the political connections needed to let you make that product at that price.
Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), 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.
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