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How to Get An ObamaCare Waiver


People around the country were excited to learn that our benevolent masters in the Obama Administration chose to grant another two hundred indulgences from the ObamaCare disaster last month.  It’s strange that the Department of Health and Human Services chose to post the names of the latest lucky winners without making a big announcement.  They just kind of tossed the list on their website and hoped no one would notice it.  Of course, conservative bloggers found it right away.  We love to celebrate the good fortune of others.  

The royal court has now issued 1,372 exemptions from ObamaCare.  You may be asking yourself: “How can I get one of these valuable waivers?”  Based on the waivers granted thus far, I’ve prepared this helpful guide.

1. Join a labor union: The waiver list reads like a “who’s who” of Big Labor organizations.  Membership in a huge collectivist organization that owns a big chunk of the Democrat Party is a great way to escape the crushing burden of ObamaCare.  The President isn’t foolish enough to subject his most valued political allies to his “brilliant” health care reforms!

2. Work for a huge corporation: Jack-in-the-Box, Cracker Barrel, Ruby Tuesday’s, Waffle House… these are among the most recognizable names of corporate waiver winners.  Who would have guessed that restaurant chains were so much more competent to manage their own health care plans than the rest of America?  Many other waiver recipients are industrial concerns with thousands of employees.  Relief from ObamaCare’s staggering costs will provide them with a competitive advantage worth millions.  Small businesses are for chumps!

3. Work for a health care company: Quite a few of these exemptions go to the health care industry and pharmaceutical companies.  Remember the mid-90s, when drug companies were hives of malevolent evil, denounced repeatedly by Hillary Clinton – who felt so badly about her previous association with these villains that she short-sold her pharmaceutical stocks?  Well, forget about all that.  The past is a strange place, and we cannot live there.

4. Work for the government: State and local governments get plenty of ObamaCare waivers.  You’re in luck – they’re always expanding, even during brutal recessions with high private-sector unemployment.  Meanwhile, back in December, the Obama Administration declared it would ignore legislation designed to force Congressional representatives and their staff to live under ObamaCare, until the big state-run health care exchanges are up and running in 2014.  If you were smart enough to join the ruling class, you’d have your waiver already!

5. Open a luxurious boutique in Nancy Pelosi’s district: Fully 20% of the latest ObamaCare waivers go to luxury businesses that happen to be located in the district represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Among the favored enterprises are Parisian cafés good enough to catch the discriminating eye of an International Monetary Fund honcho, and restaurants that sell $59 porterhouse steaks.  You can escape from ObamaCare without compromising your fabulous lifestyle, provided you have the right political representation.

6. Live in Nevada, New Hampshire, or Maine: These three wonderful states have been granted special exemptions from many of ObamaCare’s provisions.  The waiver for Harry Reid’s Nevada just came through this week.  It was granted because treating them like one of the lesser 47 states “may lead to the destabilization of the individual market,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Enjoy your ObamaCare disaster, un-favored states!

I hope this guide proves useful in your quest to maintain some semblance of individual liberty and quality health care.  Good luck! 


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  • planeboy

    Great list John…these people have no shame…or ethics for that matter… 


    Darn it Doc…..I don’t fall into ANY of those categories. 
    Now what do I do?

  • Niniane

    Heard this morning of a new DNA testing method created by a Spanish company which analyzes the telemeres of DNA (apparently those are the ends of the strands and how long they are.) Imagine a new rule from the HHS that before medical treatment, that needs to be recorded, and if your telemeres are short, you won’t live long so why bother wasting time treating you. Imagine insurance companies and employers getting ahold of that data.

    Just imagine what Orwell could do adding this to a book.

  • Martin Hale

    Well, do you have a couple million to donate to the Big Cheese’s re-election campaign? 
    ‘Cause if you do, I think we can hook you up with a nice little waiver…

  • Ol_Irish_Barrister

    I suspect if Obama gets a second term, it will become a standard procedure utilized before anyone can receive medical treatment for anything under Obamacare.  And the information will of course be shared with life insurance companies and potential employers.  

  • deeme

    Republicans have gone to jail for lesser crimes and don’t get me started on the C word the Constitution..

    I guess the only people you forgot were the ones who swore to vote for him in 2012..But he’s still grilling the contractors to find out who they are..

    As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments,
    and actually will in all free governments ultimately prevail over the views of
    its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs, when the people
    stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by
    the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which
    they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In
    these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate
    and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to
    suspend the blow mediated by the people against themselves, until reason,
    justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?

    James Madison

    Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner
    affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest
    to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared
    not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow
    citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that
    laws are made for the few not for the many.
    James Madison (likely), Federalist No. 62, 1788

    first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be
    charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction
    is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the
    republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.

    James Madison, Federalist No. 14, November 30,

    No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would
    certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
    James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787

    The house of representatives…can make no law which will not have its full
    operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society.
    This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can
    connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that
    communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have
    furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.

    James Madison, Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788

    What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this
    part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers
    not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should
    misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them…the success of the
    usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to
    expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy
    must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful
    representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.
    James Madison, Federalist No. 44, January 25, 1788

  • Sweetrae aka: LeAnn

    Hey one of Battle Axe Pelosi’s Flying Monkey’s can get you a waiver if you fall into the above criteria. 

  • planeboy

    Dam…I wish I had couple million…. 

  • Julie

    Hey.. I have an idea. Why not charge for a waiver. I’ll bet we could raise a bunch of money.

    On a serious note I have a question. I thought Obama said that HIS program would reduce healthcare costs. If this is so why does anyone need a waiver? 

  • CrazyOldPreacher

    Obama is going to be America’s Pol Pot. Recommend you read Year Zero about what Pol Pot did to destroy Cambodia in 1975.

    It started by recruiting the youth, child soldiers as young as 12, and radicalizing them with a love for “nature” and Marxism.

    Then using peer pressure to spread the revolution. These young people were the foot soldiers of Pol Pot’s regime.

    The same can be said of Obama’s youthful supporters, the end product of
    50 years of increasingly marxist, multi-cultural and environmental
    extremist propaganda called public education. Even so-called
    conservatives today are mere shadows following the leftist agenda. We
    are so subtly controlled that I feel there are no real Americans today.
    The future is bleak.

    Is Obama capable of being a mass murderer totalitarian? What an ignorant
    question. Of course he is, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
    absolutely. Obama is an ego-maniac sinner. If Obama does not surrender
    to Jesus then he is surrendered to the devil.

    How ironic but I believe the baby boomer hippy crowd that demanded and
    got abortion on demand will probably die at the hands of their surviving
    children who will practice euthanasia on demand thanks to the Marxist
    miracle called national health care.

    Guaranteed.  God have mercy on backslid America…

  • DaneChile

    There´s a prior step – one that sounds more reasonable.  Once the hugely “under-estimated” costs start being apparent, they will have to find ways to save money.  Saving money in the insurance rcket means decreasing reimbursements.  this will be done by classifying certain injuries and illnesses as being the result of “unhealthy choices” and, therefore, are the fault of the patient and not subject to coverage.  broken leg while skiing?  You chose to participate in a dangerous sport – now you can pay for the results.  Lung cancer?  You chose to smoke:  Claim rejected.  heart attack?  you were obese and this was due to your unwise nutrition choices.  Etc… 

  • Reasonsjester

    The unconstitutional dispensation of waivers for this unconstitutional program is a GUARANTEED way to garner votes and campaign cash for the Obama administration.  This is flat-out FASCIST no matter how you slice or dice it.  If a Democrat votes for Obama, he is voting for FASCISM.  Wake up, Dronacrats.

  • Reasonsjester

    No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would
    certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
    James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787

    You definitely see Locke’s influence in this Madisonian passage.  From Locke’s The Second Treatise of Civil Government:

    “Sec. 13. To this strange doctrine, viz. That in the state of nature every one has the executive power of the law of nature, I doubt not but it will be objected, that it is unreasonable for men to be judges in their own cases, that selflove will make men partial to themselves and their friends: and on the other side, that ill nature, passion and revenge will carry them too far in punishing others; and hence nothing but confusion and disorder will follow, and that therefore God hath certainly appointed government to restrain the partiality and violence of men. I easily grant, that civil government is the proper remedy for the inconveniencies of the state of nature, which must certainly be great, where men may be judges in their own case, since it is easy to be imagined, that he who was so unjust as to do his brother an injury, will scarce be so just as to condemn himself for it: but I shall desire those who make this objection, to remember, that absolute monarchs are but men; and if government is to be the remedy of those evils, which necessarily follow from men’s being judges in their own cases, and the state of nature is therefore not to be endured, I desire to know what kind of government that is, and how much better it is than the state of nature, where one man, commanding a multitude, has the liberty to be judge in his own case, and may do to all his subjects whatever he pleases, without the least liberty to any one to question or controul those who execute his pleasure and in whatsoever he doth, whether led by reason, mistake or passion, must be submitted to. Much better it is in the state of nature, wherein men are not bound to submit to the unjust will of another. And if he that judges, judges amiss in his own, or any other case, he is answerable for it to the rest of mankind.”

  • Reasonsjester

     Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is all over this development, I’m sure.

  • deeme

    We have never had a president who was so obvious about his desire to be a president only for those who wish to keep him ..That is why he is looking into who contractors are donating money to. That is why when Col West asks them why?< they reply we are not at liberty to discuss this..Funny Liberty should not even be allowed to come out of their mouths, since they have forgotten what it means and that is for all, not some..And we are not to go about choosing winners and losers , that is not what we are elected for.  

  • hmstrtch

    We are living in surreal times, in the midst of a (so far bloodless) coup, increasingly under the thumb of gangsters, beginning with Obamba and spreading throughout the federal government, including powerfull government/private blocs of money and power. I don’t pretend to know much about the extent or true nature of the forces of tyranny, or understand fully much of what I see, but I do pay attention and understand enough to know the situation is dire. What seems most surreal is the lack of urgency of any opposition,or even a proper recognition of the peril-like watching the rapid demise of liberty and freedom in slow motion. Like a dream, but terrifyingly real. As if we’re all sleepwalking to the abyss wearing happy faces, for fear of being labled alarmist.

  • Leroy_Whitby

    Nevada because of Reid. That’s just old fashioned back scratching corruption to have Pelosi and Reids voting areas exempted. Then New Hampshire because of an early primary. But why Maine? 

  • Guest

     “these people have no shame…or ethics for that matter…” This should come as no surprise to anyone. 

  • Jeff

    You could have saved a lot of time by just saying:  “Be a corrupt hypocrite.” 

  • C.j. Simones

    I think it would be an interesting exercise if we could find out the actual process to apply for these waivers and flood D.C. with individual waiver applications.  If we could get millions of applications clogging up the bowels of government like the placque (sp?) in Michael Moore’s arteries, there might begin to be a glimmer of comprehension among the brain dead apparatchiks.  

  • It’s Me!

    Seriously, this “BS.”  99% of the country should be LIVID like me!   This is FRAUD POLITICS … given light of all these “HOOK UPS” why is this NOT IN THE COURTS!  If this stays “as is” with SF, et all getting all these waivers, this country is “gone.” 

  • NotfooledbyRhetoric

    Had money, Big Cheese already took it!!   

  • NotfooledbyRhetoric

    And who says they are not transparent? 

  • Jennifer B

    All this article did was make me mad. Not at the author, either. Just the content. Sometimes the truth sucks so bad, the only thing left is to just be pissed off about it. I appreciate that it was published. Mad at the message, not the messenger. Oh well. Guess I should stop while I’m ahead and get used to being treated like a plebian.  

  • Craig S

    As usual, the truth is the first victim. These TEMPORARY waivers are granted when the employer can prove that purchasing insurance complying with the higher annual maximum would cause the employee cost to rise or benefits to be reduced. This is to allow time for the insurance industry to offer plans that comply with the higher caps. There are no permanent waivers, no preferential treatment, just a phase-in period. Always do your research, just because a piece of “information” appeals to your prejudices does not make it true.

  • chrystal026

    George Washington would have run this Corrupted Obama Care back to Kenya,where it would have a real Purpose!!!!Our Freedoms are Deteriorating,and our Government is not on the People Side,any Longer!!!If they wanted to help the People,make Big Insurance compete,across the Borders,and Cap Malpractice suits!!!

  • Ellen

    Excuse me none of these people will escape the privatization of healthcare insurance which is what Obamacare is. You don’t even understand Capitalist Political Economy. Furthermore it’s not even funny or even understandable. Your all over the place with your petty bourgeois attitude.
    Obama Care is big government for “free market” wealthy billinaires of Monopoly Industrial/Fianance Capital, the billinaires, the Bourgeoisie, the PRIVATE insurance monopoly corporations and pharmaceuticals. It is not “socialized” or “government sponsored” healthcare and is in no way even approaching a single payer plan. It will force everyone, from union members to restaurant workers to further fund the wealthy classes. Since the demise of a threat of a good example, i.e. The Soviet Union and the eastern bloc the victory of “eternal” capitalism is showing it’s true nature. Impoverishment of the masses and wealth for a few. Austerity measures have been well underway since Clinton and George Bush. Obama cut federal funding to medicaid and medicare and Energy Assistance for the poor. FOr whose benefit, your beloved “free market” capitalists and their government.
    Scientific Socialism and Communism is the only way forward. Obama is a conservative Finance Capitalist, the same as Bush, Reagan, Clinton, Romney and Carter. This is a Dictatorship of Democracy or the DIctatorship of the Bourgeoisie. Marx and Lenin are more crucial to read, learn and put into practice today more than ever before. We need a dictatorship of the proletariat and this will happen. Communism is not a choice it is a necessity.

  • pennydrichter5

    I can’t keep reading ,this is ticking me off for some reason, But I know it was written before the Unions that supported it, were upset with it. It’s two years later and they are not ok with it. Ugg, even The Native Americans were upset.

  • muslimmustgo

    BS,RFLMAO!! Can you falsely spin this anymore than just pulling crap out of the air!! Learning from obama and cronies,huh!! communism= the most oppressive,tyrannical ideology since the beginning of mankind!!

  • MystiKasT

    We are under a dictator.