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House begins probe into 222 waivers for ObamaCare
Hot Air ^ | January 20, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/22/2011 8:37:10 AM PST by matt1234

Fred Upton proves himself to be a multitasker this week. Earlier today, I wrote about his plan to fight the EPA on the expansion of climate-change regulation, and now Upton has his eyes trained on Health and Human Services. Upton and one of the chairs of his Energy and Commerce subcommittees have launched a probe into the 222 waivers granted by the Obama administration from ObamaCare insurance coverage mandates:

One day after the House voted to repeal Obamacare, some lawmakers are turning their attention toward the bureaucracy created by the bill. Reps. Fred Upton, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Cliff Stearns, chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, are investigating the new Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).

On Thursday, Upton and Stearns sent CCIIO director Jay Angoff a letter with questions about the office’s structure, authority and recent decision to grant waivers throughout several industries, exempting companies from complying with the bill’s requirements.

“Most troubling is that your office is currently responsible for deciding who does not have to comply with the massive new regulations imposed by the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act],” said the letter. “Currently your office has approved waivers from the PPACA’s annual limits requirements for 222 applicants.”

According to the letter, Angloff told Rep. Michael Burgess that the administration had also denied some waiver requests, but apparently didn’t elaborate on who got denied and why. Upton and Stearns want an explanation of the processes and requirements for waivers from the PPACA. They are also likely looking at denied and approved waivers to determine whether there is a fair and objective process, or if political considerations went into granting the explosion of waivers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hcr; investigations; obamacare

1 posted on 01/22/2011 8:37:12 AM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

I would love to see Upton lead an effort to repeal the wrongheaded legislation that bans the sale of incadescent light bulbs. What an idiot.


2 posted on 01/22/2011 8:39:41 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: thethirddegree

Let’s not stop there. How about outlawing the “water saving” 3 flush toilets? sd


3 posted on 01/22/2011 8:45:46 AM PST by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: matt1234

HA! Good for Upton. I doubt if they have any procedures in place for how those waivers were granted. This will open up more lawsuits into ObamaCare.


4 posted on 01/22/2011 8:48:14 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: matt1234

Good for them. If this healthcare is such a good deal; why are they allowing people to opt out? Why, because it causes envy and what better way to control.


5 posted on 01/22/2011 8:49:23 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: matt1234

Let’s start by revoking or getting injuctions in court to block all of these waivers. Watch the tide turn when the Rats who got in line for their special deal find out it’s no longer there and they’re going to be screwed just like everyone else.


6 posted on 01/22/2011 8:53:45 AM PST by bigbob
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To: shotdog
How about outlawing the “water saving” 3 flush toilets?
I just replaced one that was about 8-10 years old ... which is also how many flushes it took to do the job.
The new one is so strong it could suck the chrome off a bumper hitch.
Even still, sometimes it still takes two flushes.
7 posted on 01/22/2011 8:53:45 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: matt1234

222 ..all heavy rat contributors...


8 posted on 01/22/2011 8:53:59 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: matt1234

Why again are Moslems exempt?


9 posted on 01/22/2011 8:54:18 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Diogenesis

HUH they are?


10 posted on 01/22/2011 8:57:54 AM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: Godzilla; greyfoxx39; Elsie
Long ago I read that, just like Romneycare in Massachusetts, the seat of Christian Science, that in OBAMACARE, all Christian Scientists are EXCEMPT, they do not *have* to buy insurance, they do not have to participate in ANY part of Obamacare, just like how in Romneycare, all Christian Scientists are 100% excempt.

Do you know anything about this?

What other religious groups do not HAVE to participate in Obamacare or Mitt-care?

11 posted on 01/22/2011 8:59:20 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: matt1234

One thought is “JUST GIVE US ALL WAIVERS FOR OBAMACARE”.


12 posted on 01/22/2011 9:00:17 AM PST by Twinkie (LEFTIST FREE SPEECH GOOD. - CONSERVATIVE FREE SPEECH BAD.)
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To: All
For instance, is there one of those waivers for 'new age' faith healers?
13 posted on 01/22/2011 9:01:22 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: matt1234
This is the 15 MEMBER UNELECTED DEATH PANEL IN THE STIMULUS BILL!

Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research Membership Recovery Act Allocates $1.1 Billion for Comparative Effectiveness Research LINK

Obamacare and Taxes: The Final Tab (ATR.org)
link

Dr. David Janda explains rationing and why
Link

Obamacare Endgame: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First by Dr. Elaina George
LINK

14 posted on 01/22/2011 9:03:10 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: matt1234
Here's the list....

Approved Applications for Waiver of the Annual Limits Requirements of the PHS Act Section 2711 as of December 3, 2010

Interesting reading.

15 posted on 01/22/2011 9:05:47 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: matt1234

There’s some obvious political paydirt here.


16 posted on 01/22/2011 9:05:51 AM PST by Kevmo (Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: matt1234; All

Post/thread BUMP!


17 posted on 01/22/2011 9:11:13 AM PST by PGalt
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To: hennie pennie

There are groups...like the Mennonites which are exempted from ObamaCare.

Having grown up around the Mennonites...typically, they only take extremely serious cases to a clinic to be examined, and they pay cash. And no, they wouldn’t be signing up for heart transplants or any truly expensive procedures. The other side of this story is that they all eat healthy, do physical labor, and avoid alcohol, drugs, booze or activities which would be considered dangerous.


18 posted on 01/22/2011 9:14:11 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: matt1234

Waivers can be granted, subject of course to appropriate “considerations”.


19 posted on 01/22/2011 9:20:44 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Doogle

“222 ..all heavy rat contributors...”

BINGO!!!


20 posted on 01/22/2011 9:21:46 AM PST by Starboard
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To: matt1234

Cancel them all.


21 posted on 01/22/2011 9:23:34 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 732 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: matt1234

THIS is where the REAL work of stopping Obamacare is located. In the secretive and dangerous offices of ENFORCEMENT. These Congressmen need our vocal and solid support in their work to stop the Socialist from taking over the lives of Americans.

Their authority lies in the RePeal that passed congress.
If they are shown to be political or arbitrary in their decisions. (which ofcourse they are) DEFUND and DEFANG.


22 posted on 01/22/2011 9:25:13 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: manc
HUH they are?

Yep. islam regards insurance as a form of gambling. It is haraam to them.

23 posted on 01/22/2011 9:26:58 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 732 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: hennie pennie
What other religious groups do not HAVE to participate in Obamacare or Mitt-care?

We use Christian Healthcare Ministries, cost sharing ... NOT insurance. see Christian Healthcare Ministries .
24 posted on 01/22/2011 9:38:09 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Pasted link wrong.

Try http://www.chministries.org


25 posted on 01/22/2011 9:58:31 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: matt1234

As Rimshot Joe Biden might say, these waivers are “a big, ****ing deal”. This needs to be investigated to find out why the morons who elected Barry and his commie ‘RATS are being given a free pass on all of his Socialist policies. It appears that these ‘RAT policies are arrows directed at Americans only. The freeloading “U.S. citizens” are all getting a free pass and won’t have to put up with the bull****.


26 posted on 01/22/2011 10:06:22 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (They're not going to shut me up! - Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: matt1234

Amazing how little interest there is in the MSM about this story? How did they get waivers?We don’t know. How do you apply for waivers? We don’t know. Why are the waivers almost exclusively for companies that supported Obama? We don’t know.


27 posted on 01/22/2011 10:46:23 AM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of Barack Obama.)
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To: null and void
"Cancel them all."

Pass it through the House and watch the Senate squirm.

28 posted on 01/22/2011 11:44:39 AM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of Barack Obama.)
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To: cookcounty

I’ll make a double batch of popcorn!


29 posted on 01/22/2011 11:46:14 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 732 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: matt1234

They’re all Amish.


30 posted on 01/22/2011 1:42:34 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: hennie pennie

Christian science as a fundamental doctrine the rejection of medicine and medical practice. As a gnostically inclined cult - they believe the material doesn’t exist (and is bad) and any ‘illness’ is the result of spiritual issues.


31 posted on 01/22/2011 3:25:24 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: HarleyD
I doubt if they have any procedures in place for how those waivers were granted.

Sure they do!

Procedure for granting waivers:

Applicant is a (check all that apply): If any items checked above, grant waiver.
32 posted on 01/22/2011 3:35:02 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Godzilla

Thanks for the tip; I’ve seriously considered joining up, so “They” don’t toss me in jail for not accepting Obamacare.


33 posted on 01/22/2011 3:51:56 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: matt1234
This looks like a good opening gambit. Put the bureaucrats on the defensive right now and keep them there indefinitely. There will be sufficient cause to keep them all out of our hair (and wallet) for several years to come.
34 posted on 01/22/2011 5:25:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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