robert_gibbs_web_fc.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House says it's looking out for consumers in waiving a provision of the new health care law for some employers.


Press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked Thursday about waivers given to 30 companies, including Jack in the Box and Cigna. The companies won't be required for now to comply with a new rule that lifts annual caps on benefits.

Gibbs says the waivers are meant to allow the companies to keep providing insurance to workers until 2014, when the health care law fully kicks in.

The insurance plans in question are typically low-cost, but also provide limited benefits.

Once the health law takes effect fully, workers should have a wider range of options. But until then the White House contends these limited plans are better than nothing.