The President of Eden Foods, a natural and organic food distributor, recently wrote:

The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For instance, McDonald's Inc. and 166 unions are exempt.

Statement from the President of Eden Foods - April 17th 2013

I've seen this but it predates the letter by 3 years and might not be applicable since the final rules were only recently finalized.

Is McDonald's exempt from the HHS Contraception Mandate?

  • It's changed, it used to be only 100% religious employers who only serve co-religionists. I think now it's just churches and dioceses who have a religious objection. (I don't know how McDonalds falls under that excemption) Apr 22, 2013 at 18:50
  • Or the exceptions under the Act are illogical. Apr 22, 2013 at 19:04
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    Right, that's why I'm asking the question. The exemptions that were contentious were the religious exemptions. If MCD's gets a pass just because it's a corporate behemoth, that's pretty lame. If Eden foods is basing it's court case off of old data, that's pretty lame too. If I'm being led astray by a National Catholic Register blogger I want to let her know. Apr 22, 2013 at 19:28

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According to an article from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS):

"In simple terms these companies and unions applied for and received a waiver that would allow them to continue offering 'limited benefit plans' to their part-time, seasonal and temporary employees. The waiver is for one year and only waives the portion of the law that phases out annual limits. Waivers must be applied for each year until 2014 when the new health care exchanges are set up and these employers and workers will have other insurance options,"

So, McDonald's "exemption" is a temporary waiver, and not specific to the birth control part of the bill.

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