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White House allows big firms to dodge health reforms (Obama makes exceptions in following the law)
MSNBC ^ | 10/6/2010 | REED ABELSON/NY Times

Posted on 10/07/2010 4:09:07 AM PDT by tobyhill

As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards.

The waivers have been issued in the last several weeks as part of a broader strategic effort to stave off threats by some health insurers to abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies.

Among those that administration officials hoped to mollify with waivers were some big insurers, some smaller employers and McDonald’s, which went so far as to warn that the regulations could force it to strip workers of existing coverage.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2tiermedicine; abovethelaw; dictatorhere; islamexcepted; payoffsinplay; specialdeals; specialexemptions

1 posted on 10/07/2010 4:09:10 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Repeal/flush.

LLS


2 posted on 10/07/2010 4:13:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: tobyhill

3 posted on 10/07/2010 4:14:19 AM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: TSgt

There’s more trains heading toward that wreckage.


4 posted on 10/07/2010 4:15:53 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

BUMP


5 posted on 10/07/2010 4:17:58 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: tobyhill

Obamas base is McDonalds employees.


6 posted on 10/07/2010 4:19:20 AM PDT by albie
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To: tobyhill

So, the bill allows the President to pick and choose who must comply with the new regulations and who is allowed to be exempt.

I wonder if we will see big campaign contributions from McDonalds in the near future?


7 posted on 10/07/2010 4:20:20 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: tobyhill
Since they have allowed these wavers, they will have to take out the of the HealthCare legislation the fines that the government will impose on people for failing to get the Healthcare plan.... can't grant wavers to some, and then, fine others.
8 posted on 10/07/2010 4:20:31 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: tobyhill

“There’s more trains heading toward that wreckage.”

Yep, many trains.
McDonald gets a pass, while Joe’s diner has to suck it up.


9 posted on 10/07/2010 4:21:44 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: tobyhill

...blackmail as simply as possible. Contribute to the socialist agenda or die.


10 posted on 10/07/2010 4:22:28 AM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: AlexW

“Joe’s diner” will have a case if Joe decided to sue.


11 posted on 10/07/2010 4:25:19 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Rule of a dictator, this is NOT Rule of Law.


12 posted on 10/07/2010 4:27:15 AM PDT by bvw
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To: AlexW
"McDonald gets a pass, while Joe’s diner has to suck it up."

I thought the Republicans were the party of "BIG EVIL BUSINESS".

I wonder if Michelle will get to redo their menu? There hast to be a trade off. Will McDonald's go McVegan?
13 posted on 10/07/2010 4:28:13 AM PDT by j_k_l
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To: bvw

Yep, the rule of dictators involves crossing lots of gubmint palms with silver in order to obtain what you would be entitled to under the law anyway. And shame on all the lawyers and lobbyists who participated in these “waivers” — it’s just been a boon to the DC economy, surely!


14 posted on 10/07/2010 4:28:58 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: tobyhill
The waivers issued so far include the policies offered by McDonald’s to its fast-food workers, typically capped at just a few thousand dollars, sold by a profit-making company owned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.

Imagine! An insurance company trying to make a profit! What nerve. Good catch, NYT!

15 posted on 10/07/2010 4:32:20 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

The rule of law ruined by the rule of man. Pray this ends soon....


16 posted on 10/07/2010 4:32:40 AM PDT by major-pelham
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To: tobyhill

UnConstitional = Equal Protection Clause - Another series of legal suits will follow in the courts. The new name is ObummerCare - Change in Healthcare Delivery Means Rationing


17 posted on 10/07/2010 4:33:46 AM PDT by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: tobyhill

This behavior is NOT DEFENSIBLE in a court of LAW.

Where the f is equal protection?

Obamacare will be ruled null, void, and UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The quicker the better


18 posted on 10/07/2010 4:35:40 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: tobyhill

The payoffs to the DNC were adequate.


19 posted on 10/07/2010 4:38:31 AM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: American Constitutionalist
...can't grant wavers to some, and then, fine others.

You can in the USSA.

20 posted on 10/07/2010 4:45:29 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: j_k_l
McDonald's Happy Meal is latest target Law would require more vegetables, fruits in offerings that include toys
21 posted on 10/07/2010 4:46:22 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: thulldud

So much for States rights...
So much for equal protection...
Just throw the 14th amendment out the window...
Lets trash the 10th while we are at it...
GO BARACK “CHAVEZ” OBAMA !!!!!!

Just another round in the clip of ammunition we will have to impeach this fool. Fire at will in January !!!!!


22 posted on 10/07/2010 4:48:54 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: Michigan Bowhunter
These are the same employees that Obama and Pelosi were claiming they were protecting from the “evil insurance companies” yet they just signed away these employees back to the same “evil insurance companies”.
23 posted on 10/07/2010 4:53:44 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I don’t know if it’s possible to be shocked anymore.

How does the Exective Branch get this type of arbitrary power?


24 posted on 10/07/2010 5:33:01 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: American Constitutionalist

I can’t wait for the whole thing to fall apart. We should have parties when it happens.


25 posted on 10/07/2010 5:35:04 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: tobyhill

And for the umpteenth time, Democrat reveals his contempt and loathing for Equal Protection under the law.


26 posted on 10/07/2010 5:36:31 AM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: albie
Obamas base is McDonalds employees.

Hey! Easy does it there!

Historically, your statement may have been true, but given today's US depression, there are many formerly gainfully employed folks who were thrown out of work simply because they were older than 55, who are now working in a McDonalds.

I dare say, they are conservative "as a whole" (otherwise, most of them would never have gone back to work, but instead be living on gummint subsidies and handouts) and are very happy to have a job....any job.

And no, I don't guess they'll be hopping into the voting booth to put a check in the box next to the foreign born little tin god's name or anyone else in his regime come election day.

27 posted on 10/07/2010 5:39:38 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (You can roll a turd in powered sugar; it still ain't a jelly donut)
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To: tobyhill

DING! DING! DING! We have a winner, for the BTTT race!

This has got to be the biggest “DUH” moment for those who were expecting all this free manna from Heaven! Those that were up there screaming about those EEVVIILL insurance companies!

When they ask, “Why does this ‘manna’ taste like #&@$?” You simply tell them, “Because, like I told you BEFORE they baked it, it is #&@$!”

Remember, a crap sandwich with Grey Poupon is STILL a crap sandwich!


28 posted on 10/07/2010 5:41:21 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: tobyhill

ah the benevolent dictator

only those who I say have to follow the law have to follow the law


29 posted on 10/07/2010 5:43:16 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: American Constitutionalist

can’t grant wavers to some, and then, fine others.


In your world maybe, but not theirs.

The golden rule is not a standard anymore...............


30 posted on 10/07/2010 5:49:56 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: tobyhill

This was a move by Obama and the HHS to avoid the bad press of having hundreds of thousands of low wage workers losing what little bit of coverage they had. Plain and simple.
They were hell bent on close to 2 million people having their coverage legislated out of existence. It’s only the fact that McDonald’s threw their weight around and was going to cause a stink to save their 30,000 part-time and hourly employee’s coverage that HHS backed off.

Sitting in the wings we’re about million and a half more part-time, low wage, and temporary workers in the same boat. HHS was hoping to get away with this, but McDonald’s called them out on it.


31 posted on 10/07/2010 5:59:43 AM PDT by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: tobyhill
A nation of tiny, self-serving man-children, not of laws.
32 posted on 10/07/2010 6:15:15 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: tobyhill

Selective laws are a violation of the Constitution and the Equal Protection clause. They are also a strong invitation to bribery and other forms of corruption.


33 posted on 10/07/2010 6:24:11 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: Erik Latranyi

“So, the bill allows the President to pick and choose who must comply with the new regulations and who is allowed to be exempt?”

***This is gonna be the 64,000 question Scalia and the boys use to OVERTURN Obamacare*****


34 posted on 10/07/2010 6:45:18 AM PDT by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: Erik Latranyi
“So, the bill allows the President to pick and choose who must comply with the new regulations and who is allowed to be exempt.

Banana republic stuff....
Chicago style garbage that gives corrupt politicians immense power.
Precisely the attitude that our Revolution sought to get rid of.

Politicians MUST be our servants, not our masters.

35 posted on 10/07/2010 6:48:58 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Add some short, faux intellectual phrase here:)
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To: tobyhill

The “waivers” to the law give the law an air of legitimacy in the first place. I strongly object to that and condemn all the idiot lawyers who had anything to do with helping companies obtain the “waivers” instead of questioning the legitimacy of the law.


36 posted on 10/07/2010 6:24:11 PM PDT by browniexyz
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