Since its shabby little signing ceremony, Barack Obama has directed his administration to issue waivers. Lots and lots of waivers. From an op-ed in the DC Examiner:
There are now 1,372 companies, labor unions and states that have applied for and been granted waivers from an early provision of the law that says health policies must provide at least $750,000 a year in insurance protection.
In the latest batch of waivers, one in five went to expensive restaurants, spas and other businesses in former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco. What a coincidence!
Nearly two dozen states have either applied for or have been granted waivers from an Obamacare provision that forces health insurers operating in their states to comply with strict federal limits governing how much they can spend on administrative costs versus reimbursements for medical bills.
And now we learn that the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday issued regulations explaining that health insurers will have to justify to the federal government health insurance premium increases above 10 percent.
But the rules include an interesting exemption for Medicare supplemental insurance policies. Surprise, surprise! The top marketer of these so-called Medigap policies is AARP, which spent millions of dollars helping to get Obamacare passed.
This is the same AARP that makes upwards of $1 billion in profits from marketing Medigap policies. Clearly, if you have friends at the White House and pay your dues, you, too, can be exempt from Obamacare's rules.
There are two reasons why so many waivers have been issued. One, because the law is idiotic, enacted by a fool, written by morons. And two, because the law is a government power grab, enacted by a left wing radical, and written by crooks.
These two reasons aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
It's utterly indefensible to have issued so many waivers, and to such a, shall we say, specific set of recipients. And of course the lickspittle toadying press doesn't have what it takes to press the corrupt, cronyist administration on any of it.
But it bears repeating: Obama has already repealed Obamacare. For a special few.
Where's our waiver?