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ObamaCare waivers & crony capitalism

Grace-Marie Turner writes:

Can’t we all just get a waiver from Obamacare? Unfortunately not, but the list of people applying is getting longer by the day.

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! …

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.

[The] White House … is issuing waivers that exempt employers “from the annual limit provision of the law if it would disrupt access to existing insurance arrangements or adversely affect premiums, causing people to lose coverage.”

In other words, Obamacare would cause people to lose their insurance coverage or cause costs to go up if they don’t grant these waivers. Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to do just the opposite?

What’s really being waived here is the rule of law. …

Obamacare is barely in place, and we see elected officials using it to pick winners and losers based upon political favorites.

Read more in the Washington Examiner: Obamacare repeal means waivers for everybody.

(via FIRM)