Surprise! HHS still granting ObamaCare waivers

posted at 12:30 pm on August 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the Obama administration, under pressure from Congress to explain its waivers to ObamaCare, said that it would stop issuing the get-out-of-OCare-free passes?  Well, they said they would stop issuing waivers in September, conveniently just when Congress reconvenes after its August break.  And that gives Kathleen Sebelius a little more time to let more insurance plans avoid compliance:

The Obama administration granted another 106 waivers last month from part of the healthcare reform law — the first round of three-year waivers the Health and Human Services Department has approved.

The new approvals bring the total number of waivers to 1,472, according to HHS. Those figures cover waivers granted through the end of July. HHS will stop granting new waivers after September.

By the way, just because HHS will stop issuing waivers in the fall doesn’t mean that these insurance plans will have to meet ObamaCare compliance rules soon:

The department announced it would cut off applications after September, but let companies that received one-year exemptions extend their waivers through 2014. The 106 waivers approved in July will last three years.

We still don’t know what criteria these applicants met to get out from under ObamaCare’s rules on premiums-to-payments ratios.  We still don’t know who didn’t get waivers, and why they were denied.  No one has explained how unions seemed to be favored in these waivers, although we can probably guess why.  And we still don’t know why these waivers can get extended for the next three years, while other plans will be locked out of waiver applications, even though they may be just as or more deserving of a free pass as those who have them now, or how HHS will decide on waiver extensions.

I’d guess that the lack of transparency means a great deal of brown-nosing is part of the process, as it always is when the Rule of Whim replaces the Rule of Law.

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Gads, I detest bho and his whole stinken team!
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letget on August 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Perhaps the Supremes will make this irrevelant,….(fingers crossed)

a capella on August 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I’m so glad that we have a Supreme Court here in the USA.

VegasRick on August 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

If Obamacare is still around in January 2013, I hope the new GOP president issues an executive order voiding all of Sebelius’ waivers. Then watch the lefties howl as they’re pulled back into the miserable medicine they planned to inflict on others.

Wethal on August 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

You have to… what?… admire isn’t the right word. Acknowledge? Take note of? Be impressed by?… yes, I thiink that covers it.

You have to be impressed by their complete lack of capacity for shame.

JohnGalt23 on August 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Sure you can have a waver. You can use it to burn to make heat when they find out they are not worth the paper they are printed on. And the regulation that audits them tells them that and then give them the bill for over covering or under covering anyway. But by that time they will make sure all that they cover vote democrat as the Republican will remove your worthless waver.

tjexcite on August 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

When do we get to issue a waiver to King Barry to make him disappear?

Knucklehead on August 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Government by “waivers” is astonishingly corrupt. Two examples are these Obamacare waivers and the new selective deportation waivers. Obama continues to reward his friends and punish his enemies. We must get rid of him.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Would these so called waivers be another reason Obamacare is UN-Constitutional?

IowaWoman on August 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I just want to wave good bye to the entire administration!

tim c on August 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM

When do we get to issue a waiver to King Barry to make him disappear?

Knucklehead on August 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Unfortunately, we have to wait until next November to issue it. If we had any semblance of the rule of law in DC it would already have happened! I just hope the SCOTUS pulls obamacare in front of them soon.

bluemarlin on August 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

While Obama is complaining and whining about GOP partisanship…while he gripes about bad luck and the GOP being the cause for all of Americas ills, while he investigates S&P and others, he, at the same time, uses methods of distractions, to keep the attention off of himself.

Waivers, gun runner investigations. The eradic stock market. All done by design, to keep attention off of himself. All the while, using party partisanship issuing waivers, to buy votes and support.

capejasmine on August 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Government by “waivers” is astonishingly corrupt. Two examples are these Obamacare waivers and the new selective deportation waivers. Obama continues to reward his friends and punish his enemies. We must get rid of him.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM

It’s the Chicago Way on the national level.

Wethal on August 20, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Do they have a waiver form online you can fill out individually?

Jim-Rose on August 20, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I just hope the SCOTUS pulls obamacare in front of them soon.

bluemarlin on August 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

They should, but they won’t. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions (or even billions) of taxpayer dollars are going to be wasted on setting up new bureaucracies in the states to administer this disaster of a program.

But hey, we’ve got plenty of money to burn, right? Otherwise Michelle Obama wouldn’t have taken a taxpayer-funded jet up to Martha’s Vineyard yesterday, just so she could start her vacation a few hours earlier than Barry. (Poor thing works so very hard, she really needs those extra hours. Who cares if it cost taxpayers thousands?).

AZCoyote on August 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM

No “waivering” next election. Vote con.

CW on August 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM

“We still don’t know what criteria these applicants met to get out from under ObamaCare’s rules on premiums-to-payments ratios. We still don’t know who didn’t get waivers, and why they were denied.”

I doubt it is for contributions to the tea party or a republican candidates.

Falling debris on August 20, 2011 at 1:17 PM

With all this debt and deficit and economic stagnation we’ve got going on- and the fact that every Obama administration past and present cops to underestimating the depth of the recession- isn’t this a good time to have OCare rescored? They lost a heckuva lot of “revenue” from the 1099 debacle that was stripped from the legislation but was used entirely to bring the cost down. They may lose the individual mandate. So as Team Barry is feverishly writing his new plan for saving the economy and reducing unemployment to 9.0% (with those short pencils that lack erasers, I assume), taking into account a revised CBO score might be helpful in determining where we’re really headed with this thing.

BKeyser on August 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I’m going to apply for a waiver.

darwin on August 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM

waivering goodbye to obama.

tinkerthinker on August 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Count it!
-crr6

txmomof6 on August 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Government getting ready to control production of drugs.

How come there is an 80% drug shortage in hospitals, including chemotherapy infusions?

Next meddling on its way.

However, the right are getting ready to hand the reelection to Obama. Count on it.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The system where the Executive decides who must comply with the law of the land and who may ignore the law is called “totalitarian dictatorship.”

The Constitution whose provisions guaranteed the most rights in human history to its citizenry was the Soviet Constitution of 1936. Its protections of human rights go even further than the United States Constitution.

The problem was that interpretation of these clauses and rights was left to the General Secretary, Comrade Stalin. If a clause in the Constitution or any law, even those he demanded be passed, proved inconvenient, Stalin simply ignored it and did whatever he wanted to.

Sound familiar yet?

Adjoran on August 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

So maybe I’m not nuanced enough, but how does the Supreme Ct. uphold the individual mandate when there basically is an “opt out” clause upon request?

jjshaka on August 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

“Yeah, but do you idiots know WHY waivers are being issued? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL”

– crr6

fossten on August 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

If Obamacare is still around in January 2013, I hope the new GOP president issues an executive order voiding all of Sebelius’ waivers. Then watch the lefties howl as they’re pulled back into the miserable medicine they planned to inflict on others.

Wethal on August 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

The new President should also sign an EO making all federal employees (congress included) subject to 0bamacare.

CurtZHP on August 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I applied over six months ago for a waiver. I need to go check the mailbox to see if it has finally come through.
Seriously though the House should submit two bills next session. One to eliminate obamacare completely and when that doesn’t go through submit that all waivers be cancelled. Then have all the no votes explain why some are special and others will be bleed to death financially.

multiuseless on August 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Perhaps the Supremes will make this irrevelant,….(fingers crossed) a capella on August 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

“Get Anthony Kennedy to a safe house, stat!

Akzed on August 20, 2011 at 3:09 PM

submit that all waivers be cancelled. multiuseless on August 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Rick Santorum said that would be mean to the union members who got the waivers. ISYN.

Akzed on August 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM

letget on August 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

2nd that LG

cmsinaz on August 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

in a constitutional democratic republic the righting and changing of wrongs takes time, often a lot of time( legalized slavery of people for example). certainly corruption exists and the structure and laws at times get subverted, but it’s pretty much the best system ever designed for governance: balancing the rights of the individual with the keeping of order- but molasses on a cold day slow .

fascists are lightening fast, however, like all totalitarian autocrats-or the ‘ dictatorship of the proletariat’ or king obama and court. they proceed as a ‘ revolutionary force’ even if covertly. they have to be tyrants to destroy the existing rule of law, the constitution, in order to assert their agenda. once empowered by a dullard populace and chicken sheet legislative branch, they always make exceptions for themselves and their own. after the ‘revolution’ they ARE the ruling class -not a democratic one even if elected democratically, but a ruthless unprincipled totalitarian one. rules then apply to those that oppose them .they can whisk away whatever of their own rules they themselves do not wish to be restricted by- like say circumventing congress and instituting amnesty or circumventing the courts and imposing obamacare. they can do these things instantly so those who defend and stand behind the deliberative process required by our democratic system feel hopeless, trapped and that works to the tyrant’s advantage.

it’s going to take time to undo this because congress has not done and is not doing its job. if they were functioning according to the constitution all along obama would have never gotten away with obamacare and the rest of his mini black panther communist revolution. union thugs, the main beneficiaries of waivers, should wake up the the fact that the first thing hitler, a socialist dictator, did when confronted with the problems of industry , whose magnets had heavily funded his Nazi party,was to pet then dissolve the unions.

mittens on August 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I hope y’all enjoyed the Rule of Law while it lasted!

Merovign on August 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Cronyism = soft fascism…

Dhuka on August 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Hell if we don’t know the criteria of who gets these waivers. It’s those who are in with the Obama Regime.

WannabeAnglican on August 20, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Sounds like the Republicans should structure a pair of bills with otherwise identical content such that either ObamaCare is repealed in one and all waivers are rescinded in the other.

{^_^}

herself on August 21, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Surprise! Government still taking bribes for political preference.

… Wait, who is surprised by this?

gekkobear on August 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM