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Judicial Watch Sues HHS to Obtain Obamacare Waiver Documents
big government ^ | 1/12/11 | Tom Fitton

Posted on 01/12/2011 2:48:54 PM PST by Nachum

According to an official estimate by the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at least 222 companies and unions have received waivers from Obamacare so far. Yet, as this number continues to soar, HHS refuses to explain to the American people how decisions are being made regarding which organizations receive a waiver and which do not.

One certainly cannot find any explanation in the Obamacare law itself. The Obama administration did not anticipate (despite repeated warnings) how much chaos would be created by the requirements of their massive healthcare overhaul. And so they have been forced to resort to a slapdash and politicized approach where officials at HHS are reviewing requests on a case-by-case basis with no set standards in place.

Now, here’s why this seemingly arbitrary and capricious policy is so dangerous: Companies able to secure these coveted Obamacare exemptions are given an unfair competitive advantage over their rivals — which, of course, blows the door wide open to influence peddling and corruption. Just yesterday, Karl Rove pointed out that the leftist Obama ally AARP, which spent millions on ads for Obama’s health “reform” effort, received an “extravagant gift” from Obama in the form of the very waivers Judicial Watch is investigating.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hhs; judicial; sues; watch

1 posted on 01/12/2011 2:48:59 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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2 posted on 01/12/2011 2:50:31 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
This is tyranny in action: make something illegal and then grant “privileges” to your friends. To quote Ayn Rand from the Foutain Head "We have replaced the aristocracy of money with the aristocracy of pull."

Those who have have political pull will prosper. The rest of us will drown.

3 posted on 01/12/2011 2:53:20 PM PST by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Nachum

Give everybody a waiver and forget the whole sorry mess.


4 posted on 01/12/2011 2:56:21 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Nachum
How dare anyone see these.

These Agreements, and those made with Islamists and the House of Saud
to make all Moslems exempt, MUST forever remain Secret.
It's Kenyan and Scottish Law.


5 posted on 01/12/2011 2:58:33 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Nachum
HHS refuses to explain to the American people how decisions are being made regarding which organizations receive a waiver and which do not.

Gee, I can't imagine how these decisions are made. Hhmm...let me think about this one for a while. It's a tough one....

6 posted on 01/12/2011 2:59:00 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Nachum

The waivers are right out of Atlas Shrugged


7 posted on 01/12/2011 3:00:56 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: beethovenfan

Give everybody a waiver and forget the whole sorry mess.


It’s called ‘Repeal’.


8 posted on 01/12/2011 3:01:09 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Nachum
What was it I always say about Judicial Watch, the Bev Harris of the right??? Oh, yes, that's it...

Leftists' fear of losing a lawsuit to Judicial Watch ranks right between their fears of "being nibbled to death by dormice" and "being struck on the head by a falling Zeppelin".

9 posted on 01/12/2011 3:01:38 PM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: Diogenesis

Off the wall question:

Have they serve PORK in the White House since 2008?

Might be a dumb question now that I think about it.


10 posted on 01/12/2011 3:05:05 PM PST by Calif4Palin (Proud Moose head....)
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To: Notary Sojac
A few well directed subpoena's from Rep Issa may change that attitude.
11 posted on 01/12/2011 3:11:30 PM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: Nachum

Does Judicial Watch do anything besides sue for documents?


12 posted on 01/12/2011 3:14:08 PM PST by RobinOfKingston
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To: Nachum

Yes, I’d love to know who was turned down.


13 posted on 01/12/2011 3:40:11 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just restock [chg'd to comply w/ The Civility in Discourse Act of 2011])
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To: RobinOfKingston

Really. Have they ever DONE anything? I certainly hoped for 8 years they would get the goods on Clinton—but that went nowhere as far as I recall.


14 posted on 01/12/2011 4:16:25 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Nachum

What happens to the companies employees who get waivers. Do they still get private insurance like our government.

This stinks to high heaven. It should be stopped immediately.


15 posted on 01/12/2011 4:40:28 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Nachum

> A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.
>
> Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
> U.S. 65%
> England 46%
> Canada 42%
>
> Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
> U.S. 93%
> England 15%
> Canada 43%
>
> Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
> U.S. 90%
> England 15%
> Canada 43%
>
> Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
> U.S. 77%
> England 40%
> Canada 43%
>
> Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
> U.S. 71
> England 14
> Canada 18
>
> Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:
> U.S. 12%
> England 2%
> Canada 6%
>
>
>
> Check this last set of statistics!!
>
>
> The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is ... a real life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages.
>
> T. Roosevelt........ 38%
> Taft......................40%
> Wilson ................52%
> Harding.................49%
> Coolidge............. 48%
> Hoover................. 42%
> F. Roosevelt......... 50%
> Truman..................50%
> Eisenhower........... 57%
> Kennedy.............. 30%
> Johnson.................47%
> Nixon................... 53%
> Ford..................... 42%
> Carter.................. 32%
> Reagan...................56%
> GH Bush................. 51%
> Clinton ................. 39%
> GW Bush................ 55%
>
> Obama............... 8%
>
>
> This helps to explain this administration: only 8% of them have ever worked in private business!
>
> That’s right! Only eight percent-—the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents! And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their business? They know what’s best for GM, Chrysler, Wall Street, and you and me? And now most importantly the new health care bill will more closely resembles the european / canadian health system which is now trying to pattern itself to change to our former way of providing health care.
>
> How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They’ve spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers”. They should have been in an employment line.


16 posted on 01/13/2011 10:06:47 AM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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