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How about a National Obamacare Waiver?
The Heritage Foundation ^ | 05/18/2011

Posted on 05/19/2011 11:58:15 AM PDT by george76

If you knew a dangerous virus was about to hit America and that you could beg the government for a vaccine, you'd probably do it, wouldn't you? That's just what states and businesses alike are doing right now in preparation for Obamacare. But rather than seeking a vaccine, they're asking for waivers from the law's onerous requirements.

To date, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved 1,372 Obamacare waivers, covering 3.1 million Americans. Yesterday, The Daily Caller reported that among HHS's most recent round of 204 Obamacare waivers, "38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district." That's right: Nearly 20 percent of exemptions from Pelosi's crowning health care achievement were doled out in her backyard.

If that's not enough irony for you, try this waiver on for size: On Monday, the Las Vegas Sun reported that Nevada—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's home state—received a partial statewide Obamacare waiver, too. If you're keeping score, Reid was Pelosi's counterpart in the Senate fighting to get Obamacare passed into law. Now his state will be one of three to get a waiver from the law's requirements, while the rest of America suffers.

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It makes sense that labor unions, states and companies of all sizes want to escape Obamacare's costly requirements. That's because it's clear that Obamacare already isn't working, even though the law is barely out of the gate. But granting waivers here and there merely postpones the effects of the law for a couple of years. It's not the solution America needs. A better idea would be to repeal Obamacare and grant America a permanent nationwide waiver.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; laborunions; obamacare; obamacarewaiver; unions; waiver; waiverfest; waivers

1 posted on 05/19/2011 11:58:18 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I have a stupid question. If Obamacare is such a great idea, and will result in coverage for all, cut healthcare costs, etc. then WHY ARE SO MANY SEEKING WAIVERS?

And, why are the waivers being granted, if the administration feels that this law is going to deliver healthcare to all at lower cost? Why would the subject of waivers be discussed in the first place, if Obamacare was going to solve all of our healthcare problems?????

Perhaps a stupid question, but, it makes you wonder why so many seek exemption from such a wonderful law. (sarcasm)


2 posted on 05/19/2011 12:02:25 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: george76

where can I sign?

Repeal this POS law.


3 posted on 05/19/2011 12:04:14 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

With all the waivers being granted, does this not mean that the ones who do not get waivers will be subsidises those who do, increasing our healthcare costs?


4 posted on 05/19/2011 12:06:29 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I think you are right. The costs of everyone else will increase, to compensate for all of those who are getting waivers.


5 posted on 05/19/2011 12:10:00 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: george76
A better idea would be to repeal Obamacare and grant America a permanent nationwide waiver.
 
I agree, and if the voters signify their concurrence with this idea in 2012 then the idea at least has a chance of being implemented.  If they don't, then "we the people" deserve what we get I suppose.
 
Actually, the people voted their opposition to Obamacare in 2010 (among other things).  Problem is, the President and 2/3 of the Senate weren't on the ballot.

6 posted on 05/19/2011 12:11:01 PM PDT by Let_It_Be_So
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To: george76; All

Will any kind of waiver include a provision that the recipient cannot use an emergency room unless they provide cash up front?


7 posted on 05/19/2011 12:12:26 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: george76

so simple it should be a talking point for ALL: “hearings on waivers NOW”.

4 simple words. Hearings on waivers now.

A political grand slam for republicans. Hearings on waivers NOW!


8 posted on 05/19/2011 12:14:26 PM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: rokkitapps

and dang it, get the CEO or head of every organization/business that got a dang waiver and INVESTIGATE!!!


9 posted on 05/19/2011 12:15:25 PM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: george76
"A better idea would be to repeal Obamacare and grant America a permanent nationwide waiver."

You don't need to repeal it. A Republican President could just grant every single American a waiver. Thus, no need to deal with congressional dems in congress who would filibuster or shoot down attempts to repeal. Stroke of the pen - law of the land. Kinda cool.

10 posted on 05/19/2011 12:18:42 PM PDT by circlecity (')
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To: george76
Can I have a waiver on some gun restriction laws?
11 posted on 05/19/2011 12:19:28 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: george76

Where is a complete list of all the companies that have been issued waivers?


12 posted on 05/19/2011 12:50:29 PM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: george76

Under what legislation may these wavers exist? Surely they are not just a matter of a bureaucrat saying “ok, don’t worry about it.”


13 posted on 05/19/2011 12:52:04 PM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: King_Corey

Duh moment ... Went to the link and here it is

http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/approved_applications_for_waiver.html?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell


14 posted on 05/19/2011 12:53:50 PM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: george76

bttt


15 posted on 05/19/2011 3:48:56 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: george76

All those who question the granting of waivers are not brilliant enough to understand the reasons why.

/SARCASM/


16 posted on 05/20/2011 5:26:40 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Perhaps a stupid question....”

Not a stupid question but one which is not welcome. It will probably be answered with, “Are you serious, are you serious?, as the ex-Speaker answered a question about the Health Care Legislation’s constitutionality recently.

They will characterize all their opponents as knuckle-dragging stupid morons who aren’t as brilliant as they are and who haven’t the mental capacity to think as clearly and brilliantly as they do.

They are the epitome of tyrannical, psychotic,
lunch-money-stealing thugs with power.

IMHO


17 posted on 05/20/2011 5:36:19 AM PDT by ripley
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To: circlecity
You don't need to repeal it.

Yep. We do, lock, stock, and barrel. Two thousand pages of onerous crap won't be negated by a waiver. There is lots more in there than just an insurance mandate.

18 posted on 05/20/2011 6:43:07 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
"Yep. We do, lock, stock, and barrel. Two thousand pages of onerous crap won't be negated by a waiver."

Fine, I'd love it but it will take fillibuster proof majorities in the legislature and the President's office. A very tough road to hoe. If the Pubs can't get that but can get the President's office then giving everyone a waiver would help destroy Obamacare without the necessity of legislative success.

19 posted on 05/20/2011 8:51:07 AM PDT by circlecity (')
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To: circlecity
I'd love it but it will take fillibuster proof majorities in the legislature and the President's office. A very tough road to hoe.

Yep, we have our work cut out for us. Time to print up another batch of "It's the economy, stupid" bumperstickers and do battle.

Maybe if we can get the White House back something can be done by executive order...

20 posted on 05/21/2011 10:20:49 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: george76

What analysis I was expecting to see but haven’t is the comparison to mafia protection money.
The mafia comes in to an area and everyone is subject to a beat down.
However if you give protection money, you get a waiver for the smack down.
This is exactly like that.


21 posted on 05/23/2011 10:47:47 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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