Disney and Universal score waivers to offer limited health plans for part-timers

Posted Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando have won waivers from the federal government that exempt bare-bones health plans the two resorts offer part-time employees from new requirements imposed by this year's overhaul of the U.S. health-care system. The waivers, which were granted earlier this fall, will permit Orlando's two largest theme-park operators to continue offering limited insurance plans — commonly referred to as "mini-med" plans — that have low premiums but also low caps on annual benefit payouts.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 2:56 PM

Gotta love a Universal health care law that even Universal doesn't have to carry.

Semi sarcasm off........

Last edited by Charles Nungester, Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:38 PM
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Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:32 PM

Ha ha ha...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:18 PM

^^ A tee and a hee......

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:15 PM

Just 220 plus companies have got the waiver so far. Does it bother anybody else that some companies get a break while others do not? Remember..."everybody gets to keep your healthcare" if Big Brother grants you a waiver.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:22 PM

Tekwardo said:
Ha ha ha...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:50 PM

The waiver has nothing to do with that. It allows them to provide lower priced plans to non-full-time people. Makes sense to me.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 10:25 AM

It allows them to provide lower priced plans to non-full-time people. Makes sense to me.

That part makes sense to me too. The part where a company needs to "get permission" from Big Brother in order to provide said coverage does not make sense.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 11:16 AM

As long as said permission is granted based on consistently applied, documented standards, I think that part makes sense, too. I'm not sure how you could consider legislation to work if there is no regulation of its implementation or potential exemptions.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 11:50 AM

By the time certain industries get waivers, and certain segments of the population are exempted from the regs, we'll end up right back where we are now as far as who's covered and who isn't.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 1:46 PM

I'm not sure how you could consider legislation to work if there is no regulation of its implementation or potential exemptions.

This sentence makes the assumption that the legislation is good, just, and constitutional. I'm not certain it meets any of these standards for the majority of Americans.

For example...it "makes sense" that I have to urinate every morning. It would not makes sense that in a suposedly free country that I would have to be granted a government waiver in order to pee. We could debate how the government regulates or exempts those that do not pee exactly how Big Brother prefers...or we could dismiss the entirety as rediculous.

As long as said permission is granted based on consistently applied, documented standards, I think that part makes sense, too.

One need only ask a former Lehman Brother employee how that works with the current administration.

Bythe time certain industries get waivers, and certain segments of thepopulation are exempted from the regs, we'll end up right back where weare now as far as who's covered and who isn't.

Yes, but at least now we have the added regulatory costs to the government and private entities needed to comply with the standards. :)

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Friday, December 17, 2010 1:49 PM

Yeah, issues of health insurance are just like the ability to urinate. Great analogy. Thanks for tanking would have been a constructive discussion.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 2:05 PM

Jeff, do you mind if I go pee?

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Friday, December 17, 2010 2:36 PM

It's a privilege to pee.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 3:20 PM

Hey Aamilj, do you like pancakes?

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Friday, December 17, 2010 3:32 PM

Geez, I REALLY need to pee. Like. Now.

I'll even trade some maple syrup for those pancakes.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 3:57 PM

You may pee. Make it quick.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 4:14 PM

Thanks. I feel so much better now!

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Friday, December 17, 2010 4:24 PM

Maybe next time you should think about going before you leave the house.

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Friday, December 17, 2010 4:25 PM

Or not drink any water while posting on Coasterbuzz.

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