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1,372 Waivers and Counting..... Did the Obama Administration give themselves the POWER to issue waivers for ObamaCare?

 

Language granting HHS that power was never in the original law. Instead, through new rules and regulations, HHS gave itself the power last summer using a broad interpretation of certain parts of the law.

 

The annual limit requirement waivers exempt recipients for one year from having to increase the amount of health care coverage they provide their workers. Each year between now and 2014, the minimum annual limit rises to a new, higher amount. Though the waivers are only for one year, recipients can reapply and be re-approved every year through 2014.

 

Heritage Foundation health policy expert Edmund Haislmaier said HHS “exceeded its statutory authority” by issuing such waivers Haislmaier said in testimony before the House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on Health Care. “The statute does not explicitly grant HHS authority to waive the application of this provision. In contrast, I count twenty-one other sections of PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] in which Congress did grant HHS explicit, new waiver authority with respect to specific provisions. Thus, it is reasonable to presume that if Congress had intended the department to institute a waiver process as part of its implementation of this particular provision, Congress would have said so in the statute.”

The Obama administration, which touts itself as the most transparent in American history, hasn’t answered many questions about who’s been getting waivers and why, who’s been denied and why or who’s still in line....

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Agree? Why? Why Not?

The Obama administration has NOT complied with many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information surrounding Obamacare?  Do you subscribe to the Obama Administration's proclamation of being the 'most transparent in American history'?

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:01 PM on Jun. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (29)
  • I wish I could say that I'm shocked! But, I'm not.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:08 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Transparent my ass.
    If you have read the bill you have seen how many times it gives the HHS Secretary full authority to do whatever she thought was necessary. Whether or not this is the case here I don't know. I'd tend to believe what Heritage says though.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:08 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • If The Obama Administration stands by their decisions and the Bill Obama signs, then be TRANSPARENT.... Ohh wait, the "most transparent administration in American history" is a LIE..... Yest another LIE from Obama.... 

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:13 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • *Yet*
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:13 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • It gives larger companies and companies who would have issues cpmplying by a certain date an extention...it does NOT exempt them from the Affordable Healthcare Act


    Heritage Foundation health policy expert Edmund Haislmaier said----umm...speaking of CONFLICTS of INTERESTS


    Better source please

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:18 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Uhmmm...the transparency issue is and was always a lie. In fact, if you just head in the opposite direction of whatever stance Dick takes,you can see it coming a mile away. Being able to keep your HC-the opposite is true. Shovel ready jobs-no such thing as shovel ready jobs. UE will be below 8%-it just went up from there. Green energy will produce jobs-it caused a loss of jobs and shows no ROI to speak of.
    In answer to your question, if Dick says it I assume it's a lie. 17 months and counting.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Better source please


    How about you PROVE their testimony wrong? go ahead genius~ Debunk it... Grace us with your knowledge... Your wisdom? Something logical? The testimony was before the House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on Health Care.... Then, while you are at it... Show us where the Obama Administration has COMPLIED with the FOIA on these ObamaCare issues....

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:25 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • How about you PROVE their testimony wrong?


    You presented something to discuss from an extremely bias source, present some actual facts, then we can discuss. As it were you and others already misrepresent the exemptions and pretend it means they wont have to comply with the Affordable Healthcare act..which is false

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:29 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • So, the testimony to the House Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on Health Care is biased? Then prove it wrong. Show where Democrats on the Committee have proven it wrong? Give us something that proves the verbiage in the TESTIMONY to be biased....
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:32 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:36 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

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