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Yet Another New Obamacare Bureaucracy

Once again, Obamacare shows that, when it comes to health care reform, the saying “Hey, it’s the thought that counts” just doesn’t cut it. Proponents of the new law argue that its stringent insurance regulations will help consumers, but these new regulations also threaten some existing employer-sponsored plan arrangements. To avoid a flood of workers losing their health care, two-and-a-half million people have been exempted from the new rules through waivers granted to employers. A hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation last week took a further look into the process by which waivers are awarded and why they’re needed in the first place.

In 2010, Obamacare forbade insurers from placing annual or lifetime limits on benefits as part of its “consumer protections reforms.” Unfortunately for those employers who offer their workers “mini-med”  health plans—which cap benefits at a certain dollar amount—abiding by these new regulations would render coverage unaffordable. As a result, these employers would no longer be able to offer mini-med plans, and their employees would lose their current coverage years ahead of Obamacare’s creation of an alternative option. Consequently, the number of uninsured would increase due to this careless oversight in Obamacare.

To fix the problem, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)—a government entity created under the new law to oversee the changes made by Obamacare to the private insurance market—stepped in. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued regulations giving CCIIO the power to waive that requirement, thus arbitrarily determining winners and losers under the new law and resulting in a system where some must abide by new regulations while others are given a “get out of jail free” card by bureaucrats at CCIIO. […]

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  1. Sage says:

    More special privileges for favorites of Obama and the liberal Democrats. One plan or program for everyone except for the special people that get waivers from the administration. You know like all the unions (SEIU, AFL-CIO) that pushed to get this horrible bill passed in the dark of the night by the Socialist Democratic lawmakers.

    The unions have corrupted our schools with Ten Year and rubber rooms. Layoff good teachers in favor of seniority leaving us with the failing teachers which put us in the situation of failing schools to begin with.

    The unions have pushed themselves into our public employee sector and has made an unlevel playing field compared to the private sector which; you know, is only the ones that fund it all. Cause you know it is fair to give the public employees more pay, better paid health care and of course pensions. While private sector workers pay for this all with their lesser pay, higher priced health care costs and dwindling 401K’S.

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