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  • A Mandate for Layoffs

    02/15/2014 8:01:43 AM PST · by plangent · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 14, 2014 | Editorial Board
    The White House has just made a damning admission about ObamaCare: Its employer mandate creates an incentive for businesses to lay off workers. That’s not how the administration puts it, of course. But a new rule requiring certain businesses to certify — on pain of perjury — that layoffs they make are not ObamaCare-related rests on this assumption.
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout

    02/01/2014 2:03:41 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2014 | Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger
    Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers. Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the...
  • Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout

    02/01/2014 2:26:02 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger
    Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Labor union officials Obama betrayed health-care rollout

    02/01/2014 10:15:56 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/31/2014 | Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger,
    Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers. Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the...
  • Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

    01/17/2014 11:38:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | William Bigelow
    The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million. Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work.
  • Federal law says you CAN opt out of Obamacare and CAN NOT be penalized if you do

    01/09/2014 8:58:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    The DC Clothesline ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    Ever heard of a federal law 42 USC § 18115: Freedom Not to Participate in Federal Health Insurance Programs? I haven’t either.But thanks to FOTM reader Joseph, now we all do!This is how Cornell University Law School’s website describes 42 USC § 18115: No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act(or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such...
  • The Year of the Washington Power Grab

    01/03/2014 2:25:35 PM PST · by Innovative · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 2, 2013 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    This past year will be remembered for many things, but let 2013 be hailed mainly for this: It was the year that the genius of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" became clear in America. Efforts to centralize control in the name of "fairness" have led to a society that is ever more at the mercy of a federal power—one that decides who does and does not succeed. The winners are favored special interests, political cronies and wealthy lobbyists. The losers are everyone else.
  • EDITORIAL: Obamacare burdens wallop Nevadans

    11/08/2013 3:45:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Nevada Review-Journal | November 8, 2013 | Editorial
    LINK ONLY PER POSTING RULES: http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorial-obamacare-burdens-wallop-nevadans
  • Sen. David Vitter wants to know which lawmakers are exempting staff from Obamacare

    10/31/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2013 | Tom Howell, Jr
    Sen. David Vitter wants to put the klieg lights on any member of Congress who decides that certain staff members are not “official,” a maneuver that would exempt the employee from entering a health exchange tied to Obamacare as mandated by the 2010 law. Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican, filed the Show Your Exemption Act on Thursday to force lawmakers to reveal how they designate each of their staffers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, wrote an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that placed members of Congress and their staffs in the state-based insurance markets, or exchanges, set up by the...
  • Natives Americans Urged to Sign Up For Insurance Under New Law

    10/20/2013 8:41:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC-TV 9 News ^ | October 20, 2013
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Insurance enrollment helpers are encouraging Native Americans to sign up for coverage under the nation's new health care law. Native Americans are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that people carry insurance. But ``navigators'' tasked with helping people get insurance say the new law will give Native Americans better access to X-rays, mammograms, prescription drugs and trips to specialists not covered under Indian Health Service.
  • Obamacare Implosion Not Academic

    10/17/2013 9:35:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 17, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The professoriate, as seen through the eyes of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), thinks that Obamacare is wildly popular despite GOP efforts to make it unpopular. “Likewise, it seems not to have been enough that the Far Right extremists in the House have voted forty-one times to repeal the ACA [Affordable Care Act),” Martin Kich writes on the Academe blog maintained by the AAUP. “In addition, they have publicly campaigned to convince GOP-dominated states to decline to establish insurance exchanges and to convince young Americans to refuse to sign up for the insurance coverage newly available through such...
  • 72 reasons why hypocrite politicians & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    09/30/2013 4:04:22 PM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 30, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 72 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on September 30, 2013.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • The Six Types of Obamacare Waivers

    09/30/2013 11:04:42 AM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    heartland.org ^ | John Vinci
    You cannot listen to news about Obamacare without hearing about waivers. Obamacare waivers not only evidence a poorly conceived law, but the very need for a waiver transfers power to a bureaucracy where the individual, organization, or firm with the best lobbyists wins. What you may not know is that there are actually several types of waivers. You cannot listen to news about Obamacare without hearing about waivers. Obamacare waivers not only evidence a poorly conceived law, but the very need for a waiver transfers power to a bureaucracy where the individual, organization, or firm with the best lobbyists wins....
  • U.S. delays online enrollment for small business exchanges

    09/26/2013 9:41:39 AM PDT · by gwjack · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/2012 | David Morgan
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration will delay online Obamacare enrollment for small businesses in federally operated healthcare exchanges until November 1, marking a one-month delay in the roll-out, an administration official said on Thursday. . . .
  • The Hypocrisy Of Congress´s Gold-Plated Health Care

    09/24/2013 9:09:37 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 23, 2013 | William Bennett & Christopher
    As close observers of history and human nature, James Madison and the other Founders of the U.S. Constitution knew that the equal and unbiased application of the law to all people, especially elected officials, is essential to freedom and justice and one of the primary safeguards from authoritarianism and oppression by a ruling class. And so, referring to the members of Congress, James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 57: "[T]hey can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society." Today, elected officials need...
  • Union Boss Rips Obamacare: 'We'll Be D@@ned if We're Going to Lose Our Health Insurance!'

    09/13/2013 3:49:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/13/2013 | Wynton Hall
    A leading labor union boss delivered an impassioned rebuke of Obamacare at the AFL-CIO convention Thursday, telling attendees, "we'll be damned if we're going to lose our health insurance because of unintended consequences in the law!" Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) President Terry O'Sullivan said, "if the Affordable Care Act is not fixed, and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have all fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed. We don't want it repealed. We want it fixed, fixed, fixed." O'Sullivan added: "We can't have the unintended consequences for the proud...
  • New immigration bill has more waivers and exceptions per page than Obamacare

    05/02/2013 10:46:04 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 2, 2013 | Neil Munro
    The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” has released a new version of the immigration bill that contains 999 references to waivers, exemptions and political discretion. The revised 867-page bill contains multiple changes from the first 844-page version, released April 18, but Democrats have not announced any delay to the committee review of the complex bill that begins next week. The bill includes roughly 1.14 waivers or exemptions per page. By comparison, the 2,409-page Obamacare law includes 0.78 waivers and exemptions per page. The Obamacare law contains 1,882 mentions of “unless,” “notwithstanding,” “except,” “exempt,” “waivers,” “discretion” and “may.” “Waiver” is mentioned 209...
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • How's That Obamacare Waiver Workin' Out for Ya?

    11/16/2012 4:00:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Exactly two years ago this week, the Obama administration announced it had issued more than 100 waivers en masse to a select group of companies, unions and other health insurance providers seeking relief from the onerous federal health care law. The Obamacare waiver winner's club now totals 2,000. Where are they now? Answer: In the same miserable boat as every other unlucky business struggling with the crushing costs and burdens of the mandate. Among the first and most prominent recipients of the Obamacare waivers for favors were large restaurant chains that provide low-wage, seasonal and part-time workers with low-cost health...
  • Elizabeth Warren obtained federal fee waivers despite high 6-figure income and 8-figure net worth

    10/14/2012 3:57:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/14/12 | William A. Jacobson
    Elizabeth Warren obtained federal fee waivers despite high 6-figure income and 8-figure net worthDid not pay her “fair share,” obtained PACER fee waivers in at least 50 federal districts 2005-2012 Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:30pm **SNIP** Warren falsely and without any legitimate legal basis claimed to be Cherokee for employment purposes. Warren also chintzed by failing to register for the Massachusetts Bar despite an active practice of law in Cambridge since the mid-1990s, thereby evading Bar registration dues. Howie Carr has a great column today about Warren’s class warfare phoniness. Add another example to...
  • Back To A Culture of Dependency

    09/20/2012 3:09:51 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 2 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 20, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides means-based cash assistance to families, but requires that states ensure a certain percentage of recipients are working or looking for a job, also known as workfare requirements. Robert Rector points out in his recent backgrounder for the Heritage Foundation that, according to Health and Human Services 2011 data, 41.6% of households on TANF are exempt from federal work requirements. 31.6% percent of adults on TANF were idle and only 14.3% of these adult recipients met the federal activity standard, or workfare requirements, according to Rector. The same HHS Department issued a directive this...
  • GAO: Obama Admin Circumvented Law with Welfare Waivers

    09/05/2012 8:46:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 5, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The Obama administration circumvented federal law in announcing it would waive the work requirements in welfare, a GAO review found, saying that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should have submitted the new policy to Congress for review. At issue is whether the policy falls under the purview of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that requires all administrative changes of policy or regulation be submitted to Congress for review and possible disapproval. ... HHS must formally submit the letter to Congress and the Comptroller General before it can legally issue the waivers to the requirement that a certain...
  • Friends of Obama Allowed to Opt Out

    06/04/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    Emigrant Bank was recently identified to receive a waiver that would allow the bank to opt out of rigorous Dodd-Frank requirements. These of course are the same new rules and regulations that Barack deems essential to the nation. Yet when the bank’s owner, Howard Milstein, who is a close friend and was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, protested that the new rules would seriously crimp operations of his bank, the Obama Administration worked with members of congress to grant him a waiver from the new rules. Other financial institutions and banks have consistently and vehemently argued that...
  • Mandate waiver for some low-income people

    07/10/2012 5:30:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says low-income residents in states that decide to opt out of a big Medicaid expansion in the new health care law will not risk federal penalties as an unintended consequence.
  • Lawyers Have Already Drafted 13,000 Pages of Regulations for New ObamaTax Law

    07/05/2012 8:36:46 AM PDT · by grundle · 70 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | July 5, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    With the Supreme Court giving President Obama’s new health care law a green light, federal and state officials are turning to implementation of the law — a lengthy and massive undertaking still in its early stages, but already costing money and expanding the government. The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money,” Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. “That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.” “Oh boy,” Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute said. “HHS has a huge amount of work to do and the states...
  • Over Half of All Obamacare Waivers Given to Union Members

    07/02/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 16, 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Over Half of All Obamacare Waivers Given to Union Members Mark Hemingway May 16, 2011 9:20 AM In what is fast becoming a weekly event, the Obama administration granted 200 more companies waivers from the Democrats' sweeping health care law in the Friday night news dump. That brings the number of companies receiving waivers to 1,372. (You can get a full list of the companies exempted here.) Not surprisingly, it helps to be a Democratic ally when seeking a waiver. The Republican Policy Committee reports that over half of the workers that have been exempted so far belong to unions:...
  • Obamacare Waivers ? How can "Taxes" be waived by HHS and friends ?

    06/29/2012 1:39:20 PM PDT · by tflabo · 41 replies
    Newsvine.com ^ | 6.28.12 | Jay Tee
    If the MANDATE in Obamacare only survives as a Tax, as ruled by the Supreme Court, how can anyone Waive Taxes with Obamacare Waivers ? This and other questions still need to be answered, because we have Videos of Obama saying "This is not a Tax". ...
  • Pelosi’s District Gets 20% of Latest ObamaCare Waivers (2011)

    06/28/2012 11:36:52 AM PDT · by South40 · 15 replies
    CommentaryMagazine ^ | 05.18.2011 | Omri Ceren
    Crony capitalism at its most basic. Create onerous regulations and then give out exemptions to allies and constituents. The only wrinkle in this case is that the demographic subsection unburdening itself of ObamaCare is the same demographic subsection that has been most pointedly exuberant in advocating health care reform, with California Democrats even passing symbolic health care laws just like the ones that their most liberal supporters are now opting out of. On the federal level, of course, Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi was instrumental in securing ObamaCare’s passage. And now, for a disproportionate number of businesses in Pelosi’s San...
  • The Continuing Injustice Of Obamacare Waivers

    06/28/2012 11:10:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 28 June 2012 | Clay Hegar
    It may be hard to keep track of with the round-the-clock news cycle, but the continuing injustice of waivers to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act deserves careful scrutiny by the American citizenry. The list of granted waivers now stands at 733. A glance reveals that much of this favored class is made up of the law's biggest supporters: unions and health care providers. A more extensive analysis of the list would be a waste of time; the salient point is that it is a manifestation of privilege -- i.e., Americans are unequal under Obamacare. While some are given...
  • Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourism

    05/29/2012 5:12:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/12 | Vicki Needham
    Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourismBy Vicki Needham - 05/29/12 05:00 AM ET As the summer tourism season kicks into full gear, Congress and the Obama administration are making progress to expand and expedite visa programs as a path to boosting job creation and economic growth in the United States. Retail and travel-industry advocates, as well as lawmakers, are narrowing their legislative focus to adding new countries and greater security protections to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows tourists and business travelers from 36 countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days...
  • Secretary Unsure of Fiscal Impact of Obamacare

    03/12/2012 3:13:03 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 March 2012 | John Semmens
    Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius says she has no idea on what the fiscal impacts of Obamacare might be. “I haven’t really approached the issue from that perspective,” Sebelius told Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) at a recent hearing. “We’re just trying to make sure everyone and everything is covered. Maybe we’ll take a look at costs later when we have more time.” Senator Johnson’s suggestion that all the requests for waivers that HHS has granted indicate a problem with cost was brushed aside by the Secretary. “First of all, I don’t know which waivers you are...
  • Waiving Goodbye - Barack Obama and the Potentate Presidency

    02/09/2012 3:07:36 PM PST · by guyshomenet · 6 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 2/9/2012 | Guy Smith
    Obama is creating the Potentate Presidency, whereby he creates onerous laws, then selectively rescinds them in order to rent loyalty. http://www.guysmith.org/blog/2012/02/09/waiving-goodbye/
  • Labor unions primary recipients of Obamacare waivers

    01/07/2012 5:08:06 AM PST · by rawhide · 6 replies · 1+ views
    dailycaller.com ^ | 01/06/2012 | By Paul Conner
    Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the president’s health care reform law since the Obama administration tightened application rules last summer. Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011. By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers. The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of controversial news...
  • HHS finalizes over 1,200 waivers under healthcare reform law

    01/06/2012 12:48:40 PM PST · by Dysart · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sam Baker
    Roughly 1,200 companies received waivers from part of the healthcare reform law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. Friday marks the last time HHS will have to update the total number of waivers, putting to rest a recurring political firestorm. The department had been updating its waiver totals every month, prompting monthly attacks from the GOP. Republicans say the need for waivers proves that the healthcare law is unworkable. HHS argues that the waivers show the law provides flexibility. All told, 1,231 companies applied for and received waivers from the law’s restrictions on annual benefit caps. The law...
  • In schools around the country, 2011 was marked by test cheating scandals (Hussein wants waivers)

    01/02/2012 7:39:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    In schools around the country, 2011 was marked by test cheating scandalsBy Associated Press, Published: December 31 ATLANTA — It was the year of the test cheating scandal. From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Angeles, officials have accused hundreds of educators of changing answers on tests or giving answers to students. Just last week, state investigators revealed that dozens of educators in 11 schools in Georgia’s Dougherty County either cheated or failed to prevent cheating on 2009 standardized tests. **SNIP** At President Obama’s invitation, states have begun filing waivers to get relief from the law. Under the 11...
  • ObamaCare's Growing List Of Broken Promises

    10/05/2011 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2011 | JOHN MERLINE
    When the Kaiser Family Foundation reported last week that insurance premiums had climbed 9.5% this year — the biggest increase since 2004 — it looked as though a key promise of Obama-Care had been broken. Indeed, just before he signed the health reform law, President Obama said it would "bring down the cost of health care for families, for businesses, and for the federal government." Instead, average family premiums have climbed $2,393 since 2008, the Kaiser survey found. This is the latest ObamaCare prediction that has failed to materialize. If the history of state and federal health care reforms is...
  • Calif. Dems seek waivers after embezzlement scheme

    10/01/2011 4:03:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30 , 2011 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys for Democratic candidates and committees trying to recover from an alleged embezzlement scheme appealed Friday to California's political watchdog agency to relax financial reporting rules temporarily and waive some contribution limits. The attorneys appeared before a meeting of the Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento as it considered options for candidates whose campaign accounts evaporated in the scandal involving longtime Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee.
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy 'breakthrough'

    09/16/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | LINDSAY GOLDWERT
    The First Lady has scored another victory in the battle of the bulge. The CEO of Darden Restaurants, which owns eatery chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster as well as LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille, said on Thursday the company will work to reduce fat and sodium by 10% over the course of the next five years and 20% over the next decade.
  • HHS grants 106 new healthcare waivers [bring the total number of waivers to 1,472]

    08/19/2011 2:11:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    HHS grants 106 new healthcare waivers By Sam Baker - 08/19/11 04:33 PM ET The Obama administration granted another 106 waivers last month from part of the healthcare reform law — the first round of three-year waivers the Health and Human Services Department has approved. The new approvals bring the total number of waivers to 1,472, according to HHS. Those figures cover waivers granted through the end of July. HHS will stop granting new waivers after September. Some health plans, usually offered to low-wage workers, place caps on how much they'll pay out in benefits over a year. The healthcare...
  • Obama Exempting Schools From Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing today a system of waivers relieving public schools from federally-mandated reading and math proficiency tests.
  • Obamacare waivers approach 1,500 mark! (When will we reach 5 digits?)

    07/16/2011 6:35:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/16/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Another month goes by and it’s time for yet another update on the Obamacare waiver situation. (You thought we forgot, what with all the other stories eating up the news cycle, didn’t you?) The rate may have slowed down a bit, but it hasn’t stopped. A new batch of waivers has been approved and the total is quickly approaching one of those big, shiny, round numbers. The Health and Human Services Department granted 39 new waivers last month from part of the healthcare law, bringing the total to just shy of 1,500.In September, HHS will stop the process of granting...
  • Number of healthcare waivers nears 1,500

    07/15/2011 3:30:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/11 | Sam Baker
    The Health and Human Services Department granted 39 new waivers last month from part of the healthcare law, bringing the total to just shy of 1,500.In September, HHS will stop the process of granting a new batch of one-year waivers at the end of each month. Companies have until Sept. 22 to file their initial application for a one-year reprieve and seek an extension to carry them through the next three years.Department officials said they decided on the September cutoff because, by then, every company that thinks it needs a waiver would have had time to apply.
  • Details of McKinsey study expose Obamacare flimflam

    06/23/2011 7:53:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Two weeks ago, the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. released a widely reported survey that said almost a third of private-sector employers reported they will drop their employee health insurance coverage when Obamacare's government-managed insurance exchanges come online in 2014. The survey results exploded two major claims repeatedly made by Obama during and since the conclusion of the health care debate: "If you like your health plan, you can keep it" and "It will not add one penny to the deficit." Obama and his allies reacted with fury to the McKinsey results. Obama's deputy chief of staff for policy, Nancy-Ann...
  • Obama admin to end health care waivers

    06/17/2011 2:34:46 PM PDT · by rawhide · 33 replies
    ap.com ^ | 6-17-11 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it will end a controversial health care waiver program in September. Officials announced Friday that all applications for new waivers and renewals of existing ones have to be in by Sept. 22. That would remove a potential political distraction in the 2012 elections.
  • More Than 1,300 ObamaCare Insurance Waivers Granted, Says GAO

    06/16/2011 8:25:12 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 5 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/16/11 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Health and Human Services has granted a total of 1,372 waivers from ObamaCare insurance mandates since the law’s enactment, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The waivers are for so-called mini-med plans that offer annual coverage limits. They were outlawed by ObamaCare and are scheduled to be regulated out of existence in 2014. However, such plans are often the only form of health insurance available to workers and without the waivers most would no longer be available.
  • ObamaCare Waivers Probably Don’t Favor Unions

    06/16/2011 7:42:18 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 6/15/2011 | David Hogberg
    There surely has been no shortage of special favors for labor unions under ObamaCare. But it increasingly appears that the ObamaCare waivers doled out by the Dept. of Health and Human Services are not among them. While this had long been a contention of conservatives (including Capital Hill) given the seemingly disproportionate number of waivers that went to unions, two new pieces of evidence strongly suggest that political favoritism is not playing a role.
  • REVEALED: Waiving Obamacare: HHS never had authority to issue exemptions (Not in the original law)

    06/07/2011 9:42:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2011 | Tina Korbe
    According to testimony at a recent hearing of the House Oversight health care subcommittee, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) doesn’t actually grant the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to exempt employers from the law’s annual minimum health care coverage requirements. The Daily Caller reports: Language granting HHS that power was never in the original law. Instead, through new rules and regulations, HHS gave itself the power last summer using a broad interpretation of certain parts of the law.The annual limit requirement waivers exempt recipients for one year from having to increase the amount...
  • Unions Are Major Recipients of Obama Health Care Waivers

    05/27/2011 2:39:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 26, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
        When President Obama in March 2010 signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), the nation's most expensive social legislation in decades, he announced, "The bill I'm signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see." Yet what the law seems to have set in motion is a rush to obtain exemptions from group coverage requirements. New data show nearly 1,400 insurers, employers, unions and other organizations thus far have received waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from a requirement that forces...
  • Waive Away the Law - Obama skirts the rule of law to reward pals and punish enemies.

    05/26/2011 11:45:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 26, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Waive Away the LawObama skirts the rule of law to reward pals and punish enemies. Question: What do the following have in common? Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc., Only in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, International Pacific Halibut Commission, City of Puyallup, Local 485 Health and Welfare Fund, Chicago Plastering Institute Health & Welfare Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Teamsters Local 522 Fund Welfare Fund Roofers Division, StayWell Saipan Basic Plan, CIGNA, and Caribbean Workers’ Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Health and Welfare Plan. Answer: They are...