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According to the Wall Street Journal, 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.  However, less than an hour after that release, ABC News  and Reuters reported that McDonald’s and the Obama administration said the claims of the  Wall Street Journal are false, regarding the dropping of its “mini-med” health insurance for hourly workers because of the new health care reform law.



1.  Why do you think the stories are so different and why do you think there was such a quick response from McDonalds and the Obama administration?

2.  What is the medical loss ratio in the new legislation?

3. What effects do you think the new legislation will have on the financial statements of companies?

4.  What do you see as the costs and the benefits of this new legislation?


 Adamy, J. (2010). McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan, Wall Street Journal, September 30 (Retrieved online at

Arnall, D. and H. Khan. (2010). McDonald’s Fights Back Against Report It Will Drop Health Care Plan, ABC News, September 30 (Retrieved online at

Reuters. (2010). McDonald’s Denies Its Cutting Health Insurance, MSNBC, September 30 (Retrievable online at

WSJ Video. (2010). AM Report: McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan, September 30.  (Retrievable online at{088AC31E-1087-428F-AD84-62AA9E6D5EA6})