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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?


pumping-irony said...

Why not just grant EVERYONE an exemption from the ObamaCare monstrosity? It's a win/win idea: Obama and the Dummocrats could keep their "historic" achievement on the books, the rest of us could get out from under a lousy piece of legislation that we hate and the country could avoid protracted and costly legislative and court battles to repeal it. The idea makes sense, doesn't it? Unfortunately, if sense played a major part in Obama's world view, we would not have an ObamaCare to exempt anyone from now.

ic said...

Someone is more "equal" under the laws in the Banana Republic of Obama.

A tinpot dictator wannabe is dispensing his favors. He and his wife and ex-Queen Pelosi are to enjoy life on the back of the unwash. He is aping Papa Doc.

princeofpeeps said...

I believe I heard today that waivers to over a hundred companies have been granted so far. As the news gets out, don't you know that number will snowball exponentially until everyone gets a waiver. The waivers are an afterthought, face saving tool to be used to scrape this idiotic, ill-advised, steaming pile of legislation off their shoe, hopefully while no one is looking. The Dems who voted for this will cast their glance about in feigned innocence, saying, "I don't smell anything."