Skip to comments.The Waiver Charade
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, Obamas administration has granted more than 1,000 waivers to the health law to prevent 2.6 million workers from losing their coverage. Millions more werent 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 McDonalds, 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 youre 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 dont want to take away peoples 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 laws one-size-fits-all benefit mandates will likely eliminate Health Savings Accounts for 11 million families. According to the administrations own data, the laws 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 administrations own waiver process will allow families to keep their plans and small businesses to continue offering benefits.
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.
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.
This waiver issue need to be vigorously exploited.
That’s the key to defeating the whole thing.
The individual mandate and now the waivers make this a civil rights issue.
...”Isnt 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.
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.
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.