Monday, November 15, 2010

Obamacare's so bad that even HHS isn't eager to enforce it

The NYT reported last week on all the waivers that the Department of Health and Human Services has given out. Apparently they have come to realize how bad this bill is that they're supposed to be imposing on companies so they're allowing those companies to get waivers to delay companies doing what many predicted would happen once the bill was enacted - they'd just drop their own coverage and throw employees onto the public programs.
As Obama administration officials put into place some of the new rules that go into effect under the federal health care law, they are issuing more waivers to try to prevent some insurers and employers from dropping coverage and also promising to modify other rules because many of the existing policies would not meet new standards.

Last month, federal officials granted dozens of one-year waivers that were aimed at sparing certain employers, including McDonald’s, insurers and unions who offer plans that sharply limit the coverage they provide. These limited-benefit plans, also known as “minimeds,” fail to comply with new rules phasing out limits on how much policies will provide in medical care each year.

Concerned about the potential disruption that would be created by enforcing the new rules, the administration has granted dozens of additional waivers and also made clear that it would modify other rules affecting these policies. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued more guidance, saying it would use a different method of calculating spending for these plans so they would be able to meet new regulations dictating how insurers should use the premium dollars they collect.
Michelle Malkin has the list of all the companies that are getting out of the ObamaCare requirements.
Make no mistake: Team Obama isn’t granting the waivers out of bleeding-heart compassion for the affected workers, but out of a panicked urgency to avoid a public relations disaster.

As I’ve boiled it down before:

Old Democrat promise: Everyone gets to keep their health insurance.

New Democrat promise: You can keep your health insurance…if you BEG hard enough for an Obamacare waiver.

Yep: The only way for hundreds of thousands of workers to keep their health insurance is to exempt them from the government-imposed “fix.”

The Soros monkeys are attacking conservative Obamacare critics as “Republican repeal mongers” — even as the Obama administration concedes failure and continues to approve temporary repeals of the federal mandates to company after company after union after union.
If the bill were so great why would all these companies and unions be begging to be let out of its requirements with the Obama administration's willing permission just so the bad PR doesn't blow up in their faces? Ya think there is a lesson there, perhaps?