ObamaCare waivers now up to 222

posted at 2:55 pm on December 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If the US passes a law that then requires the government to issue over two hundred waivers in the first few months to avoid disastrous consequences for enforcement, doesn’t that indicate a problem in the law itself?  That question should be foremost on voters’ minds as the number of waivers to ObamaCare issued by the Obama administration soars to 222:

The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.

One of the more recognizable business names included on the newly-expanded list of waivers issued by the feds is that of Waffle House, which received a waiver on November 23 for health coverage that covers 3,947 enrollees.

Another familiar name was that of Universal Orlando, which runs a variety of very popular resorts in the Orlando, Florida area.  Universal was given a waiver for plans that cover 668 workers.

These waivers deal with limited health benefit plans, sometimes referred to as “mini-med” policies, which companies as large as McDonald’s use for some its employees.

Waffle House.  How appropriate!  The Obama White House demanded a series of federal mandates that it claimed would protect Americans without damaging business, and now the administration is waffling on its own mandates.

The Boss Emeritus has been on the case of the waivers for weeks, and now calls this Waiver-Mania.  Why has this fever struck the administration?  Its own mandates would force these companies to drop coverage entirely for part-time and low-wage workers under full enforcement — hurting the very people Obama claimed to be helping with his takeover of the health-care industry.  The use of “mini-med” coverage allowed employers to offer limited benefits to low-wage employees that they couldn’t afford on their own, and for which taxpayers didn’t provide subsidies.  ObamaCare and its coverage mandates would eliminate that coverage by design and force those employees onto Medicaid, greatly increasing the cost of ObamaCare and reducing their ability to get private coverage instead.

This is basically a finger-in-the-dyke approach to oncoming disaster.  Any such waivers means that the government is no longer enforcing the rule of law but the rule of whim, choosing winners and losers in a totally inappropriate manner.  Issuing 222 waivers (for now!) demonstrates that the law is unworkable and needs to be repealed.


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OT: obama has now compared the GOP to hostage takers on the tax deal. I guess he did not learn anything from the election

ConservativePartyNow on December 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

222 racist organizations!!

angryed on December 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Waffle House. How appropriate!

Heh! nailed it Ed.

Looks like the WH was serving up crap sandwiches and Waffle House ain’t buying (the crap sandwich that is, but they’ll take the waiver).

Evidence for repeal, number 222.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Can I be the 223rd?

beatcanvas on December 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

This is basically a finger-in-the-dyke approach to oncoming disaster.

why does JaNa and the TSA come to mind???

dunno..

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

222 is considered a state a spiritual enlightenment.

A person who attains 222 is connected to themselves, and to people and things around them.

Some people believe that 222 is a stepping stone to 333, which is a state of absolute truth and personal fulfillment.

Dorvillian on December 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Perfect picture and caption! Waffle House, indeed.

jwolf on December 7, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Fail!

OmahaConservative on December 7, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Off topic but it’s incredible that Obama would say this at his press conference according to CNN:

In reference to his decision to cut a deal with Republicans, he said it is “tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed.”

It he giving tips to hostage-takers now?

Drained Brain on December 7, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Obama administration references towards The People:

typical white woman
bitterly clinging to Bibles and guns
acted stupidly
radicals
the enemy
Republican members of Congress are terrorists
“political warfare in Washington”
so now add hostage takers

maverick muse on December 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Ed, it would be interesting to know the number of companies denied waivers and who.

How many requests are on the pile awaiting a decision?

danking70 on December 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Waffle House. How appropriate!

Heh! nailed it Ed.

Oddly, Michelle’s not eating the syrup in the photo.

That doesn’t look like he’s shoveling in the brussel sprouts. Doesn’t he plan to convert the Dollar to their Euro?

maverick muse on December 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

No big surprise that the corporatist puppet is giving waivers to his masters.

Dark-Star on December 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

The Boss Emeritus has been on the case of the waivers for weeks, and now calls this Waiver-Mania.

The All-You-Can-Eat Waiver? A buffet of waivers? How about we blanket waiver Obamacare by repealing the whole hog?

Put that in your waffle.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Issuing 222 waivers (for now!) demonstrates that the law is unworkable and needs to be repealed.

After the performance we saw yesterday, repeal is completely out of the question now. No guts.

tommer74 on December 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

222 is considered a state a spiritual enlightenment.

A person who attains 222 is connected to themselves, and to people and things around them.

Some people believe that 222 is a stepping stone to 333, which is a state of absolute truth and personal fulfillment.

Dorvillian on December 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

After that comes 444 — the Aqua Buddha state

stefanite on December 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

dang. he might lacerate a lip or stab a tonsil with that bite. might require some stitches.

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Instead of the FORTUNE 500, we have the Fortunate 222?

VastRightWingConspirator on December 7, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Any such waivers means that the government is no longer enforcing the rule of law but the rule of whim, choosing winners and losers in a totally inappropriate manner.

Isn’t it funny that they’ve concocted the most heinous piece of legislation to plop down in front of someone and are forcing us to eat it, or buy our way out of it. What a way to run a government….

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Is a means to “form a more perfect union” as stated in the Constitution? To produce such extraordinarily bad legislation that the citizenry must unwillingly take it or reluctantly shell out money to escape it? This isn’t why this country was set up, we are being held hostage. We have to choose between a Crap Waffle, or buying our way out of a Crap Waffle and we can’t even walk out the door of the waffle house.

at least at Waffle House you can get coffee….

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

By this time next year…unless Obamacare is defunded entirely, almost every entity will be able to secure a waiver for some or all of the requirements of Obamacare….yet the Administration will still push the meme that Obamacare was a raging success.

coldwarrior on December 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM

“form a more perfect union”

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Think maybe it is time we broke it to Obama that the Founders were not thinking of the SEIU when they wrote this?

coldwarrior on December 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM

This waivers stuff may all prove moot in a short matter of time.

Over at the American Spectator this morning is an intriguing article about Obamacare’s huge Achilles heel.

Apparently, the drafters of the legislation neglected to insert a standard clause regarding severability. A severability clause means that if any one part of a contract or law is struck down, the remaining parts survive unaffected.

Due to the failure of the Dems to remember to insert a severability clause in Obamacare, if any one part of it is found unconstitutional or void, the whole thing is gone, according to the article.

Read it yourself. You’ll like it. http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/07/of-severability-and-sins-of-om

FlameWarrior on December 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Isn’t it funny that they’ve concocted the most heinous piece of legislation to plop down in front of someone and are forcing us to eat it, or buy our way out of it. What a way to run a government….

ted c on December 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Remember, too, that not only is this some run-of-the-mill legislation; this is the crowning achievement of the Obama administration. It is pretty funny…in a most depressing sort of way.

BlueCollarAstronaut on December 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM

For every waiver, the number of IRS agent openings decrease.
Darn.

Electrongod on December 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Waffle House. How appropriate!

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

jnelchef on December 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Jackass. Moron. Dope. Imbecile. Idiot. Child. Dope. Nitwit. Knucklehead. (I’m sure I can get to 222. I’ll do it offline and paste it in later.)

Akzed on December 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Dude!

Mr_Magoo on December 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

This is basically a finger-in-the-dyke approach to oncoming disaster.

Umm, I think the word in this context is more commonly spelled “dike”.

malclave on December 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

OT: obama has now compared the GOP to hostage takers on the tax deal. I guess he did not learn anything from the election

ConservativePartyNow on December 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

ConservativePartyNow:)
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Limbaugh: Obama Calls GOP Terrorists, Hostage Takers
December 07, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWj-uGt9qoI

canopfor on December 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

222 Businesses have gotten extremely valuable waivers.

How much did they pay to get them?

Whom did they pay?

Haiku Guy on December 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Look at the list on HHS.

Lots of local unions and their funds:

Mr_Magoo on December 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

mmmmmmm…Waffle House.

ladyingray on December 7, 2010 at 3:35 PM

canopfor on December 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Rush is really on a roll with this.

OmahaConservative on December 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Equal justice under the law, Chicago-style.

obladioblada on December 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Chicagoland pay to play.

Good job democrat voters!

Inanemergencydial on December 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

222 is considered a state a spiritual enlightenment.

A person who attains 222 is connected to themselves, and to people and things around them.

Some people believe that 222 is a stepping stone to 333, which is a state of absolute truth and personal fulfillment.

Dorvillian on December 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

After that comes 444 — the Aqua Buddha state

stefanite on December 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

So what happens when it gets to 666? Ya know the devil’s in the details.

sweet pea on December 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

canopfor on December 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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Rush is really on a roll with this.

OmahaConservative on December 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

OmahaConservative:I missed most of it,I have my grandson,
and I watched Hopey’s Presser,so,posting
and searching for some those goodies
have slowed me down..anywho,Obama is
even bitter’er if thats possible!

He also unloaded on his support,as not
True Believers,saying that fellow Demo
crats for being Sanctimonious!!:)

canopfor on December 7, 2010 at 3:47 PM

we need to get that number up to 310 MILLION waivers…

reliapundit on December 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

If this preident can issue 222 waivers, couldn’t the next President issue a waiver to everybody?

Harpoon on December 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Ahh, now Bammie has 222 new sources of campaign contributions for his campaign in 2012. This is how Italian-style fascism works.

slickwillie2001 on December 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

If this preident can issue 222 waivers, couldn’t the next President issue a waiver to everybody?

Harpoon on December 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Sure he could. But where would be the fun in that? Of course, by “fun” I mean Chicago style pay to play, with a permanent class of government officials none too shy about quasi-extortionist tactics.

jwolf on December 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Ok…this is a good way to get rid of obamacare, just give everyone a waiver.

tinkerthinker on December 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM

The very definition of authoritarian.

lorien1973 on December 7, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Perhaps the final curtain will drop when the waiver-count triples to … 666 ??

/.

CaveatEmpty on December 7, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The very definition of authoritarian.

lorien1973 on December 7, 2010 at 4:14 PM

The pay for play big government crony capitalism.

Chavez doctrine.

the_nile on December 7, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Hammer this point home in 2012

Alden Pyle on December 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Where is Crr to explain the constitutionality of these waivers and equal protection?

CWforFreedom on December 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Where is Crr to explain the constitutionality of these waivers and equal protection?

CWforFreedom on December 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Here. I’ll stand in for her:

“The recent federal court finding makes it clear that the federal government can, under the commerce clause, mandate the purchase of anything by everyone everywhere except in those cases where the executive office could be shone in an unfavorable light in which case the executive branch shall then have the authority to issue waivers to select companies from purchasing or enabling those said mandates that have or will be disallowed or approved under presidential signature.”

Does that help? Understand now?

Rod on December 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Do I hear 223? 224?

We should start a lottery, see how how the number will go.

GarandFan on December 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

How utterly appropriate that an inept administration, run by an inept CEO should dole out waivers to people who will be on the dole when the waivers have waved and medical care has flopped. Mon Dieu, we’ve got to put up with this putz for two more years!

Mae on December 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Funny how all the people filling for the waivers where supporting ObamaCare so strongly to get it passed.

Then again, never really expected unions to swallow their own BS.

SuperCool on December 8, 2010 at 6:43 AM

FlameWarrior on December 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

The article is correct, I’ve been posting about this for a couple months. They can’t repeal just one part of it.

But why should any of us adhere to it if the government is arbitrarily allowing corporations waivers from it?

dogsoldier on December 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM

I imagine that Obama will now be able to eat free at Waffle House anytime he likes.

Ward Cleaver on December 8, 2010 at 9:54 AM