I’m fairly certain that it is not news to you that more 1000 Obamacare waivers have now been granted. If it is news, welcome Speaker Pelosi’s future. For a bill which was to be the best thing since the federal government figured how to slice bread, one wonders at so many exemptions. And, there is the serious question of whether the government even has the authority to grant these waivers. Via Betsy’s Page:
Congress can pass statutes that apply to some businesses and not others, but once a law has passed — and therefore is binding — how can the executive branch relieve some Americans of their obligation to obey it?
The dangers of inequity are obvious. Will only corporations and unions get waivers, or can individuals also get them? For example, if a family physician feels financial pressure under the health-care law to fire one of his employees, will he get a waiver to avoid adding to unemployment?
Indeed. Are we a nation of laws or are we become a nation where one can ignore certain laws as long as one has friends in the administration?
And, speaking of friends in the administration, what is special about Maine? That state just got a waiver for everyone (as I understand it):
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a waiver to the state of Maine exempting its individual health insurance market from from the 80-percent spending requirement. Why the special exemption? According to Steve Larsen, the Obama administration’s deputy administrator of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the rule “has a reasonable likelihood of destabilizing the Maine individual health insurance market.”
You don’t say. Government mandating establishing arbitrary price controls for industry “has a reasonable likelihood of destabilizing the Maine individual health insurance market.” Who’d a thunk it? Let’s go one further and consider the likelihood that the actual nationwide implementation of Obamacare would effectively destabilize the entire US health insurance market.