In response to a flood of waivers for unions, businesses, and employers to certain ObamaCare regulations, Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan introduced a bill on Wednesday that would entitle Americans to waiver from the individual mandate if the law will significantly increase their premiums or otherwise deprive them of access to health insurance.
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The Obama Administration has recently announced a new round of waivers granting a “one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement” included in ObamaCare. This latest waiver brings to 1,040 the total number of waivers affecting more than 2.6 million people who would otherwise have likely lost their insurance in 2011 due to dramatically higher prices brought about as a result of ObamaCare. These waivers affect so-called “mini-med plans.”
HHS continues to tout the waivers as if HHS, and ObamaCare, was helping to ensure that people can keep their insurance. The fact is that there would be no need to “save” people’s insurance if ObamaCare did not exist in the first place. The House Ways & Means Committee released a statement that the growing numbers of waivers was, “another admission that the Democrats’ health care law is unworkable,” and asked the following question, “if the Obama Administration itself admits that the best way to help Americans keep what they have is to give them a waiver from the Democrats’ health care law, isn’t that a pretty good indication that the law is not working and should be repealed?”
AHEC has created a summary of the waivers issued through the first week of March 2011.
In response to HHS’s flurry of waiver-granting a few weeks back, National Review has an insightful pieceexamining the (un)constitutionality of these exemptions from ObamaCare. Though much focus has recently (and rightfully) been on the questionable constitutional merits of the individual mandate, the 733 waivers are also worth considering from this legal angle.
More seriously, it raises questions about whether we live under a government of laws. Congress can pass statutes that apply to some businesses and not others, but once a law has passed — and therefore is binding — how can the executive branch relieve some Americans of their obligation to obey it?