Republicans drawing attention to McDonald's health coverage threat

House Republicans are blasting the health reform law after a recent report indicated new insurance requirements might lead McDonald's Corp. to drop coverage for tens-of-thousands of employees.

Officials at the fast-food giant informed the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) this month that a provision requiring plans to spend at least between 80 and 85 percent of premiums directly on healthcare treatments would force the company to scrap its health coverage for about 30,000 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The report wasn't overlooked by Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, who blasted it to reporters Wednesday as evidence that the new law will harm patients. 

McDonald's, the Journal reports, offers so-called "mini-med" plans, which offer low-premium, limited-benefit coverage for workers. Due to the high-turnover rate of employees covered by such plans, the company contends, HHS should exempt those products from the medical loss ratio (MLR) rules included in the new health reform law, the Journal reports.

"[I]t would be economically prohibitive for our carrier to continue offering" mini-med coverage under the current MLR thresholds, McDonald's wrote to the administration, according to the Journal