Waivering Health Care Reform
About his then residence that had undergone extensive renovations, Dave Barry once observed,
When prospective buyers ask: ”What kind of construction is this house?” I answer: “Spackle.”
Similarly, health care reform now seems to be comprised largely of waivers. 204 more companies were granted waivers in the last ten days, 20% of them going to companies located in the district of former (ahh!) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The total number of purportedly temporary (but how easy will it be to grant one year extensions … year after year after year) waivers issued now tops 1,700.
Just as notable as those issued to companies in CA-8 is the waiver that recently went to everyone’s (???) favorite senior advocacy organization. Ed Morrissey at HotAir explains the significance, not to say irony.
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?
Indeed, why would the AARP be anxious to duck out of a law for which they themselves advocated?
Anthony correctly reminds us that entire STATES – Maine, New Hampshire and, most recently, Nevada – have obtained waivers from ObamaCare.
Forty seven more to go!