Skip to comments.Latest beneficiary of ObamaCare waiver: AARP
Posted on 05/20/2011 10:54:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
No one seems to know what criteria HHS uses to grant or deny waivers to insurers from provisions in ObamaCare. The White House won’t release the names of those insurers and employers refused waivers or discuss denials at all. But maybe, just maybe, we could all agree that organizations that publicly pushed ObamaCare to approval should be ineligible to escape its consequences?
The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt Medigap policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.
Insurance providers who arent exempt from Obamacares rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.
Let’s not forget that AARP had a distinct interest in seeing ObamaCare pass, because it helped eliminate competition for AARP’s supplemental insurance program:
The AARP is the nations biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare wont cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.
Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to whos getting exceptions from the new health care regulations such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosis district Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.
The attack on Medicare Advantage plans was a crucial part of ObamaCare. Democrats insisted that the public-private partnership was driving the cost curve upward and needed to be drastically curtailed, and the bill sliced $500 billion out of Medicare, largely at the expense of Medicare Advantage. Fortunately for the AARP, which was conducting a public-relations campaign to drum up support for ObamaCare, those changes didn’t impact their own Medigap plans.
Thanks to the passage of ObamaCare, Medicare Advantage plans began disappearing, and the choices are much fewer for seniors and the disabled who want supplemental insurance. That puts AARP in perfect position to take advantage (pun intended) of the lack of choice. And now they don’t even have to deal with the few consequences that their favorite bill created for them.
How coincidentally fortunate for them!
We’re way beyond “mere appearance” here. If the AARP and the labor unions that backed ObamaCare need waivers from its consequences, then we all do.
Pure unadulterated Fascism.
Every person involved is an enemy of the People of this country.
Every dollar spent by consumers on AARP plans is now a tool of their own slavery.
I’m sure AARP will have record profits in their MedSupp market.
They are handing out Special Dispensations like a Medieval Pope .............
I moment I started noticing celebrities on the cover of AARP magazines, I knew they were a propaganda rag and organization.
These Special Dispensations are one of many things that will end nObamacare.
There will be blowback.
Anyone buying anything from aarp is undermining America and fooling themselves to boot.
The selling of indulgences was one of the original items on the list of things that Luther nailed to the church door, and eventually led to the Protestant Reformation.
Maybe this administration’s incompetent corruption scheme will cause the same here..............
hearings on waivers NOW!
hearings on waivers NOW!
hearings on waivers NOW!
Hypocrites, do as I say not as I do.
Of course for AARP Obamacare was mostly just a case of regulatory capture. But apparently even that regulatory capture designed for them is unpalatable to them.
RE: I moment I started noticing celebrities on the cover of AARP magazines, I knew they were a propaganda rag and organization.
My almost retired sister in law just asked me a question... do you or anybody know if there exists a conservative alternative to AARP?
AMAC. Association of Mature American Citizens. You can use your search engine to find it.
RE: AMAC. Association of Mature American Citizens
Thank you very much for the tip. If they are as conservative as they say they are, most mature conservatives ought to consider them instead of the AARP.
This gags me. Do as I say, not as I do.
Whatever it takes to shoo this kenyan fly away.
What analysis I was expecting to see but havent 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.