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ObamaCare waivers now up to 222 ! (doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself?)
Hotair ^ | 12/07/2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 12/07/2010 12:46:21 PM PST by SeekAndFind

If the US passes a law that then requires the government to issue over two hundred waivers in the first few months to avoid disastrous consequences for enforcement, doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself? That question should be foremost on voters’ minds as the number of waivers to ObamaCare issued by the Obama administration soars to 222:

The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.

One of the more recognizable business names included on the newly-expanded list of waivers issued by the feds is that of Waffle House, which received a waiver on November 23 for health coverage that covers 3,947 enrollees.

Another familiar name was that of Universal Orlando, which runs a variety of very popular resorts in the Orlando, Florida area. Universal was given a waiver for plans that cover 668 workers.

These waivers deal with limited health benefit plans, sometimes referred to as “mini-med” policies, which companies as large as McDonald’s use for some its employees.

Waffle House. How appropriate! The Obama White House demanded a series of federal mandates that it claimed would protect Americans without damaging business, and now the administration is waffling on its own mandates.

The Boss Emeritus has been on the case of the waivers for weeks, and now calls this Waiver-Mania. Why has this fever struck the administration? Its own mandates would force these companies to drop coverage entirely for part-time and low-wage workers under full enforcement — hurting the very people Obama claimed to be helping with his takeover of the health-care industry. The use of “mini-med” coverage allowed employers to offer limited benefits to low-wage employees that they couldn’t afford on their own, and for which taxpayers didn’t provide subsidies. ObamaCare and its coverage mandates would eliminate that coverage by design and force those employees onto Medicaid, greatly increasing the cost of ObamaCare and reducing their ability to get private coverage instead.

This is basically a finger-in-the-dyke approach to oncoming disaster. Any such waivers means that the government is no longer enforcing the rule of law but the rule of whim, choosing winners and losers in a totally inappropriate manner. Issuing 222 waivers (for now!) demonstrates that the law is unworkable and needs to be repealed.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare; waiver

1 posted on 12/07/2010 12:46:29 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard that one of these health-related organizations that helped to craft the healthcare bill for the Administration then asked for [and got] one of these waivers for their people ...


2 posted on 12/07/2010 12:53:10 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass</i><p>)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the US passes a law that then requires the government to issue over two hundred waivers in the first few months to avoid disastrous consequences for enforcement, doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself?

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/Uh_Yeah.mp3


3 posted on 12/07/2010 12:53:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

This problem is not isolated to just the Health Care fiasco!

On another post of mine I ask .. Why is it that some folks will get extended welfare checks (UI) while others .. get nothing!?


4 posted on 12/07/2010 12:53:48 PM PST by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

No way, it indicates how thoughtfully the Demorats crafted this lawsuit so they could give out favors to the big guys as BF the little guys.


5 posted on 12/07/2010 12:56:30 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is proof positive that obamacare was meant to "control", and is not about healthcare.

He's already using it as a bargaining chip for "most favored status".

The mere idea that a "waiver" can be issued is direct evidence that the same "waiver" can be SOLD...for money, or favors, or even votes/Voting blocs.

Obamacare is just a 'chit' to old 'chit'head obama.


BOEHNER


6 posted on 12/07/2010 12:56:59 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some are more equal than others.


7 posted on 12/07/2010 12:57:21 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nowhere in the article does it mention how much these companies had to contribute to Ubama 2012 in order to get these waivers.


8 posted on 12/07/2010 12:57:21 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: GBA

Some are more stupid than others.


9 posted on 12/07/2010 12:58:49 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: FrankR

Yeah, but it’s not corruption if demonrats do it.


10 posted on 12/07/2010 12:59:41 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: SeekAndFind

How many of those getting waivers contributed to the Obama campaign or to one of those ObamaCare fronts?


11 posted on 12/07/2010 12:59:41 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Lmo56; All

The world is full of hypocracy and mendacity.


12 posted on 12/07/2010 1:00:26 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOP needs to publish the list of all those entities that were granted exemptions. This should be attached to the bill repealing this mess. Let Hussein and the progressive/marxists defend the indefensible.


13 posted on 12/07/2010 1:04:15 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb
The weakling repulicants will do or say nothing . The cavalry is on the way . The geezers will and should be pushed aside. Ryan and the others will no longer be on their own .
14 posted on 12/07/2010 1:08:19 PM PST by fantom (,)
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To: SeekAndFind
(doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself?)

I don't know. How large of a contribution to the DNC do you have to make in order to get a waiver?

15 posted on 12/07/2010 1:10:53 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s how Chicago politics works. There may have been no money changing hands, yet. In the short term the administration doles out waivers. When they need favors, then the waivers become “due”.

Alternatively, when the heat is off, waivers must be “renewed”. In other words outstanding waivers are like money in the bank.

I’m hoping some FBI task force has the foresight to keep certain phone lines under constant surveillance. Sure would be sweet to have a tape of a dunning call.


16 posted on 12/07/2010 1:10:56 PM PST by the_Watchman (Healthcare reform was never about health.)
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To: SeekAndFind

SCOTUS had better hear this. If refused, Hussein’s dictatorship is a fait accompli.


17 posted on 12/07/2010 1:17:13 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: SeekAndFind

What ever happened to the XIV Amendment, equal protection clause ?


18 posted on 12/07/2010 1:20:48 PM PST by Timocrat
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s the redistribution thing.

Never ends


19 posted on 12/07/2010 1:23:56 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no such thing as a waiver from a law. If a law is valid, no one has a right to grant a waiver, not the congress, not the president.

What he is doing is telling his “justice” department not to prosecute certain specific companies. That is selective enforcement, which invalidates the law.


20 posted on 12/07/2010 1:25:11 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It seems like this could form the basis of another lawsuit to bring Obamacare down, something about unequal protection under the law.


21 posted on 12/07/2010 1:27:50 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: SeekAndFind

I still ask “who has been denied a waiver?” They are the ones who need to attack this in court.


22 posted on 12/07/2010 1:30:09 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: SeekAndFind

(doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself?)

No. It indicates they’re cashing in their political chips. So where’s the waivers for the other 28 million small businesses in this country? There’s no provision for waivers in the bill.


23 posted on 12/07/2010 1:40:38 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The entire mess is unconstitutional & with all these waivers, there is no way they can force it on some & not others!

Get the popcorn ready!

24 posted on 12/07/2010 2:05:29 PM PST by blondee123 (IMPEACH THEM ALL! FREEDOMS SLIPPING AWAY DAILY!)
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To: blondee123; Nachum

ping


25 posted on 12/07/2010 2:56:18 PM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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