Obamacare enforcement is now done at the whims of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. If a large employer with lots of clout that can make the administration look bad wants a waiver – voila! – waiver granted. What about small and medium employers, will her majesty Sebelius bend over backwards to help them?
USA Today: Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.
Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn’t lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.
Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.
The article goes on to note that a million or more Americans losing their coverage would look bad in an election year. Isn’t the fact that so many employers are asking for waivers a big red flag that Obamacare is horrible legislation that never should have passed? Had those who voted for it bothered to read it we wouldn’t be in this mess.
Oh, and you’ll never guess what outfit was granted the largest waiver.
The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers.
This is the kind of thing you see in a Banana Republic, not a Constitutional Republic.