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Obama’s Phony Obamacare Flexibility Offer
The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 28th, 2011 | Conn Carroll

Posted on 02/28/2011 12:10:34 PM PST by mdittmar

Speaking to the National Governors Association at the White House today, President Barack Obama endorsed legislation by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) that would allow states to request waivers from some Obamacare mandates in 2014 instead of the existing 2017 date. President Obama claimed: “It will give you flexibility more quickly while still guaranteeing the American people reform.” Has President Obama even read the legislation? Because that is just plan false. Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler explained in the New England Journal of Medicine:

One [problem] is that it still locks the states into guaranteeing a generous and costly level of benefits. True, a state could propose alternative benefit requirements if they had the same actuarial value as those in the ACA. But the requirements go well beyond basic coverage, and the HHS secretary is the one who defines “at least as comprehensive” benefits.

Another major problem with the bill is that since ultimate waiver authority rests with the HHS secretary, the waivers granted would probably reflect the administration’s preferences. Senator Wyden claims that his legislation would allow conservative states to opt out of much of the ACA and implement consumer-driven coverage. But he admits that the secretary, not the state, has the final word over what is permitted.

As long as the HHS Secretary, whether it is Kathleen Sebelius or the next occupant of the office, has the final say on granting Obamacare waivers, then there is no real flexibility for states under Obamacare. All 50 of them would still be at the mercy of the whim of the HHS. The only real way to give states true flexibility on health care reform begins with the full repeal of Obamacare.

UPDATE: Politico confirms that Wyden-Brown has nothing to do with offering Obamacare critical states “flexibility” and everything to do with advancing single payer health care:

[A] White House conference call with liberal allies this morning says the Administration is presenting it to Democrats as an opportunity to offer more expansive health care plans than the one Congress passed.

Health care advisers Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter stressed on the off-record call that the rule change would allow states to implement single-payer health care plans — as Vermont seeks to — and true government-run plans, like Connecticut’s Sustinet.

The source on the call summarizes the officials’ point — which is not one the Administration has sought to make publically — as casting the new “flexibility” language as an opportunity to try more progressive, not less expansive, approaches on the state level.

“They are trying to split the baby here: on one hand tell supporters this is good for their pet issues, versus a message for the general public that the POTUS is responding to what he is hearing and that he is being sensible,” the source emails.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; fubo; hawaiianlie; healthcare; jimmyqaeda2; kenyastand0pansy; liberalfascism; obama; obamacare; publicoption; singlepayer; socialisthealthcare; stealthsinglepayer; victory911mosque

1 posted on 02/28/2011 12:10:37 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Sounds to me like a way for the president to blackmail our States.


2 posted on 02/28/2011 12:13:03 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: mdittmar

The right thing to do would be to scrap this monstrosity, but no....everyone wants to “compromise.”

BTW, Scott Brown was a bad idea. Hope he is a one-term senator.


3 posted on 02/28/2011 12:14:06 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Monorprise

It is the quick way to get around the judges rulings in Florida and Virginia on the mandate issue. If the states or congress let this happen. Then we have Obamacare by default


4 posted on 02/28/2011 12:18:37 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: mdittmar
stupid people
5 posted on 02/28/2011 12:18:40 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: mdittmar

Hey Obammy- Wasn’t this thing declared unconstitutional?


6 posted on 02/28/2011 12:19:06 PM PST by Mr. K (Job #1 is to DEFUND THE LEFT~!!!!)
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To: Monorprise

....why did all the news media, including FOX break coverage when questioning began????.....I wanted to see if anyone had the guts to question his statements that Obamacare will save a trillion dollars over 10years


7 posted on 02/28/2011 12:22:24 PM PST by theshadow3581
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To: fatnotlazy
BTW, Scott Brown was a bad idea.

He was better than Martha Coakley, but by an amount which seems to be diminishing rapidly from the original estimate.

8 posted on 02/28/2011 12:23:53 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (tt)
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To: fatnotlazy

Without Scott Brown, we would have had a single-payer (government lead) system.

Scott Brown was elected to make sure that that didn’t happen.

He did his job. Now he needs to leave.


9 posted on 02/28/2011 12:24:41 PM PST by kidd
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To: theshadow3581
....why did all the news media, including FOX break coverage

I have no personal knowledge on this event, but many times they all use the same feed. Fox may not have broken coverage, it may have been broken before they picked it up.

10 posted on 02/28/2011 12:25:47 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: Monorprise
Sounds to me like a way for the president to blackmail our States.

Bingo.
11 posted on 02/28/2011 12:32:10 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: fatnotlazy

He won’t even get one term. He’ll be gone in 2012. I can’t stand the guy.


12 posted on 02/28/2011 12:36:59 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: mdittmar
Hey, let me also take this opportunity to give a "shout out" to my fellow statist government-controlled healthcare brother Mitt Romney (bend over America):


13 posted on 02/28/2011 12:37:31 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: mdittmar

Get rid of the bill now. If the Republicans wimp out; they will go home.


14 posted on 02/28/2011 12:42:13 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mdittmar

Socialism -- Now in 57 flavors!

15 posted on 02/28/2011 12:47:24 PM PST by Hunton Peck (The second rule of leftism: When caught lying, lie louder.)
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To: kidd

“Without Scott Brown, we would have had a single-payer (government lead) system.”

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Actually, this sounds like it advances single-payer health care. Whatever....it’s some effort at compromise, and I don’t want compromise. I voted Republican so we could not compromise, but rather, bring back conservativism.


16 posted on 02/28/2011 12:47:54 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: mdittmar

Several Lefty states (most notably Vermont) are itching to implement single payer. Obama is apparently willing to gamble that this will prove what a wonderful idea it is (everyone will be covered, healthcare costs will go down, businesses will start moving to Vermont and hiring because they’ll be free of employee healthcare costs, etc.)

Personally I think it would be a huge failure and would immunize the American public from wanting to mess with healthcare again for at least a generation.


17 posted on 02/28/2011 1:02:30 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mdittmar

This in a nutshell is Obama’s strategy for the next two years.

It also is something that may require Mitt to come up with another rationale for Romneycare.


18 posted on 02/28/2011 1:13:18 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: mdittmar

Classical trickery presupposing the “made up fact”.

Sir , can you tell me when you stopped beating your wife?


19 posted on 02/28/2011 1:35:06 PM PST by Cyman
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To: mdittmar

Obama may exempt some states from certain requirements of Obamacare, but he’s not going to exempt them from the taxes associated with it. His exemptions are probably going to force ‘equal protection’ lawsuits at some point as well. This whole thing is going to be one big clusterfark that will take many years to undo.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 1:52:33 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: fatnotlazy

“Without Scott Brown, we would have had a single-payer (government lead) system.”

That is not true. The Senate already passed it’s version of the healthcare bill in December ‘09 without single payer, before Brown was elected in January of ‘10. Your statement should read, “Without Joe Lieberman, we would have had a single-payer system”. It was Lieberman who put the kabosh on single payer.

Scott Brown had zero effect on the passage of Obamacare, but he is having an effect on all the other things he caves in on. At least we know Martha Coakley is a statist; for too many people it is taking too long to realize what a statist compromiser Scott Brown is. Think of the Tea Party money that was spent on that clown.


21 posted on 02/28/2011 4:52:19 PM PST by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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