Skip to comments.Democrats Way Out There With Waivers
Posted on 05/16/2011 11:27:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
On Friday evening the Department of Health and Human Services posted on its website 221 newly approved waivers from various provisions of ObamaCare, and for some reason, chose to forego issuing a press release celebrating the occasion. That brings the total to 1,372 businesses and 7 entire states that have now received exemptions from the law, while the rest of America bears its full oppressive weight, as many plaintively plea: Wheres MY Waiver?
The waiver fiasco presents a significant problem for ObamaCares supporters in that while many Americans are still largely unaware of many of its most burdensome provisions, as they become aware, more and more turn against it.
Last month I was in Brooklyn asking the constituents of Congressman Anthony Weiner, who once said the bill and I are one, what they thought of his recent request for a waiver for New York City. Almost every person I spoke with didnt know what a waiver was, or that Rep. Weiner asked for one.
But when I explained it to them, they were none too happy. Beyond this anecdotal evidence, a Pulse Opinion Research conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters for my organization Let Freedom Ring that found significant public opposition to how waivers are being doled out by the Obama Administration.
Specifically, 62% of those surveyed, including 50% of self-identified Democrats, believe average Americans should be permitted to apply for similar waivers from the law's provisions. They are currently restricted from doing so, as our Health and Human Services Secretary has arbitrarily decided that only businesses and states can apply for waivers.
In the land of equal protection under the law, shouldnt we all be protected by ObamaCares damage or none should? The majority of the public apparently thinks so.
We also asked respondents whether unelected Executive Branch officials, like Secretary Sebelius, should have the power to grant waivers from a law, or whether this should be the sole responsibility of an elected Congress. 67% of those surveyed, including 60% of Democrats, responded that the Congress should be the entity that issues waivers from one of its laws, not political appointees or bureaucrats.
Voters can hold an elected Congress directly responsible at the ballot box for their actions and, as our survey demonstrates, they arent keen on the questionable actions of powerful, unelected bureaucrats escaping their purview, such as the present waiver fiasco.
With over 50% of waivers directly benefiting union workers, despite said workers only comprising 11% of the domestic workforce, many are wondering whether Secretary Sebelius is playing favorites and given special consideration to her union allies that helped elect her as Kansas Governor and most recently helped usher in ObamaCare? Even if this were proven to be true, voters tragically wouldnt have any direct form of redress.
For now, their redress is public opinion and ultimately will be in holding President Obama accountable in the 2012 election for empowering unelected bureaucrats with such great power. Unfortunately for Democrats, the waiver issue will be alive and well in the next election.
Until ObamaCare is fully implemented in 2014 and individuals can then purchase heavily subsidized insurance from government-run exchanges, waivers will be necessary to prevent the realization of several of the laws provisions that have the intended effect of throwing Americans off their employer-provided plans.
As the number of waivers continues to rise and more of the public becomes aware of the arbitrary and unaccountable nature of the process, the issue will become even more toxic for Democrats than at present. For the sake of their political standing, and more importantly for the sake of our rule of law, it would be best for Secretary Sebelius to either grant waivers to every American or get out of the waiver business entirely.
Alex Cortes is the Executive Director of Let Freedom Ring, whose initiative WheresMYWaiver.com is lobbying for individuals to also be eligible for ObamaCare waivers.
Ironic. In a republic founded on the belief in individual liberty, only collective interests seem to enjoy rights.
The Democrat party is the party of waivers and corruption. What is good for us, they never need to apply to themselves... They are traitors and work for someone else.
If Obama wanted to be a shoo-in for 2012, he’d starting handing out waivers to people who detest low-flush toilets, CFL bulbs, dishwashing soap without phosphates and other indignities of our growing nanny state.
Waivers are a begrudging acknowledgment that a) one size doesn’t fit all; and b) “experts” don’t necessarily know what’s best. Too bad POTUS won’t acknowledge this explicitly by conceding that Obamacare flagrantly violates these 2 principles repeatedly.
I am stupid, my name is the collective, because we are many.
To top it off, I like to bicker about little bribes and drug power fun pleasure for nothing, paying by squandering an entire nation for whom the world was ready to work and they were part of.
These people are completely stupid in criminal ways and need to be castrated or castrated outright off the country itself.
Picking winners and losers, picking those individuals and businesses who are bound by certain laws versus those who are not bound by those laws (waivers), rewarding supporters and punishing those who do not support them, this is how the "progressives" buy votes while imposing their will on the masses of citizens.
Get rid of Obamacare period.
where is the 14th Amendment case on this?
The sooner the better
Wonder how many of those waivers were preceded by campaign donation checks for Zero’s 2012 campaign?
And now you know why and how Weiner got elected. Uninformed voters (and a Republican hasnt been elected in Weiner's district since 1921)
Sure wish I could choose what laws to obey. What a wonderful world it would be.
Quote of the day
Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government
that requires all citizens to prove
they are insured
but not all must prove they are citizens.
~ author unknown ~