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January 29, 2011 / J. Shaw

Obama Admin Has Now given Over 700 ObamaCare Waivers

The Obama Administration claimed Friday its health care law will bring down costs for everyone once it takes full effect in 2014, even as the President made fun of its critics… but the Obama administration has now tripled the number of waivers — from a little more than  200 to more than 700.

“You may have heard once or twice that this is a job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity.  That’s about how it’s been portrayed by opponents,” he joked to laughter among the crowd at a FamiliesUSA conference in Washington.

A new Health and Human Services Report states that families will save money under the law.

The original source of that conclusion is a 2009 analysis from the Congressional Budget office that looked at some provisions and predicted that “Average [health care] premiums would be seven to 10 percent lower…” 

But the same analysis also predicted that other provisions of the law would have the opposite effect, saying “Average [health care] premiums would be 27 percent to 30 percent higher…”

That prompted Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to issue a statement saying “This report would be laughable if it wasn’t so disingenuous. The facts remain clear: the Democrats’ health care law increases health care costs.”

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has now tripled the number of waivers granted to employers who cannot meet with the requirements of the new law — from a little more than  200 to more than 700.

“Even the Obama administration is admitting by granting these waivers that they better make some exceptions or they’re going to have the unintended consequence of having more uninsured, not less,” according to Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a former official in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004.

John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis says  “What’s happening is the federal government is trying to force workers to have a health insurance plan that’s more expensive than they or their employers can afford.”

More… By Jim Angle


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