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The Waiver Charade
Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2011 | Mike Rogers

Posted on 03/24/2011 6:16:41 AM PDT by Kaslin

During the debate over his health care law, President Obama repeatedly promised that “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” but for millions of Americans that promise has already been broken.

In a shocking admission, Obama’s administration has granted more than 1,000 waivers to the health law to prevent 2.6 million workers from losing their coverage. Millions more weren’t lucky enough to get a waiver, and have already been forced to switch plans.

Most waivers have been distributed to Fortune 500 corporations like Pepsi and McDonald’s, unions, Las Vegas casinos and in one case an entire state.

If corporations and unions can get a waiver from the health law, every American should get one. That is why I have introduced a bill that would allow anyone – an individual, a family, a small business – to receive a waiver. You should not need to be politically connected to keep your health insurance.

My bill uses the same standard created by the Obama Administration. If the law increases your insurance premiums, you can apply for a waiver. If you’re forced to drop the coverage you like, you can apply for a waiver. The bill also requires the Obama Administration to educate the public about the option and regularly report how many families and employers have received waivers.

The Obama Administration has been pretty clear why these waivers are necessary. In an application posted on the Department of Health and Human Services website, applicants are told they can receive a waiver if the lifetime limit mandate would result in a “significant increase in premiums” or a “significant decrease in access to benefits.”

“We don’t want to take away people’s health insurance before they have some realistic other choices,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told one newspaper.

This confession by the administration is telling. There are countless mandates in the law which would increase premiums and decrease the ability to obtain coverage. For example, by 2014 every American will be required to purchase expensive, government-designed health insurance. Most employers will be forced by Washington to offer comprehensive health benefits or face a fine. The law’s one-size-fits-all benefit mandates will likely eliminate Health Savings Accounts for 11 million families. According to the administration’s own data, the law’s restrictive rules will force 80 percent of small businesses to drop their current plans and purchase more expensive coverage.

The President promised his health law would reduce premiums by $2,500 per family, but insurance has only become more expensive under the law. In New Hampshire, some plans are seeing premiums go up more than 40 percent. In Massachusetts, several plans have announced rate increases of 20 percent or more. In my home state of Michigan, 15 percent rate increases are becoming routine.

Increasing costs are the number one reason Americans cannot access insurance. Yet ObamaCare does nothing to actually reign in health care costs. Instead, it forces Americans to purchase a government-designed insurance product which will be unaffordable for countless employers and workers.

If given the chance, most Americans would prefer to keep the coverage they have. Expanding the administration’s own waiver process will allow families to keep their plans and small businesses to continue offering benefits.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; fail; fraud; healthcare; mikerogers; obama; obamacare; rogers; socialisthealthcare; waiver; waivers

1 posted on 03/24/2011 6:16:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Give everybody a waiver. That ends it.
It's dead, ZERO can't read the handwriting from the Florida Judge.
2 posted on 03/24/2011 6:22:24 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I can't wait till the walls come tumbling down. The sooner the better. . . .)
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To: Kaslin

FOUR states, according to earlier reports, and Michelle Malkin- http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/01/28/waivers_for_favors_big_labors_obamacare_escape_hatch_108692.html

Mass, NJ, Ohio, and Tennessee.


3 posted on 03/24/2011 6:26:00 AM PDT by matthew fuller ( A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things.)
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To: Kaslin

This waiver issue need to be vigorously exploited. It is very easy for the public to understand this as an issue of “fairness” which is incorporated into law as the 14th amendment.
Isn’t ironic that the first black president is violating one of the post civil war amendments that guarantees equal rights for all citizens under the law? No not really. Hypocrisy is the Leftist’s creed.


4 posted on 03/24/2011 7:17:32 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: grumpygresh

This waiver issue need to be vigorously exploited.


That’s the key to defeating the whole thing.


5 posted on 03/24/2011 7:49:21 AM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

The individual mandate and now the waivers make this a civil rights issue.


6 posted on 03/24/2011 8:56:16 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: grumpygresh

...”Isn’t ironic that the first black president is violating one of the post civil war amendments that guarantees equal rights for all citizens under the law?”...

Obama is not the first “black” POTUS. He is at most half-black, the other half is white......and 100% clueless fraud.


7 posted on 03/24/2011 9:36:06 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is still a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kaslin

Leftist politicians derive their power from the unequal application of the law. It’s part of their worldview that they should be able to use selective enforcement in order to make things “fair”.

These waivers are just one example.


8 posted on 03/24/2011 9:37:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: unkus

Indeed. Since the power to grant a waiver is there, it would not be necessary to get 60 seats in the Senate if we retake the Presidency to overcome a filibuster - just have the President issue a waiver to the entire United States and its territories.


9 posted on 03/24/2011 2:59:59 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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