You know how people have been talking about those 111 waivers granted to lucky companies who get to escape from ObamaCare? Guess what! Good luck is sweeping the country! The number of waivers has increased sharply. In fact, it has doubled in the last three weeks, according to Jamie Dupree of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
You may already be a winner! Assuming you work for a labor union, of course. New winners in the Health Care Liberty Lobby include “Bricklayers Local 1 of MD, VA and DC, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund, Service Employees International Union Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund, and more,” according to Dupree’s tally. Also, Waffle House is blissfully immune to health care reform, which makes sense, because strange people with liquid coughs never show up at Waffle Houses after midnight.
Wasn’t this massive boondoggle called something like “The Patient and Puppy Protection and Affordable Care Act?” Don’t the hard-working members of Bricklayers Local 1 of Maryland, Virginia, and DC deserve patient protection and affordable care?
Well, maybe they can be trusted to handle their own health insurance plans, unlike the rest of you greedy, self-absorbed morons. Dupree relates the justification for the waiver granted to McDonald’s:
“One of the central selling points for supporters of the federal health reform law was that it would prohibit health insurance companies from setting limits – yearly or lifetime – on how much in benefits could be paid out under a health insurance policy.
Last week in a Senate hearing, a McDonald’s official defended such limited benefit plans, aruging that they were well tailored to the employees who purchased them.
‘McDonald’s works hard to make sure that its employees understand the coverage limitations as well as the benefits provided by these plans. All of the documentation provided to employees details the limited nature of the coverage,’ said Rick Floersch, the Vice President for Human Resources at the hamburger chain.”
Oh, well, that’s all right then. McDonald’s “works hard to make sure that it’s employees understand” coverage limitations, so obviously they don’t belong under the heel of the ObamaCare bureaucracy. The rest of corporate America – well, all but 221 companies and unions of superior quality – must be kept on a trillion-dollar choke chain.
Dupree suggests the new Republican House might hold hearings on the waivers, and “demand to know why Democrats would push so hard for health reform legislation, only to see the feds issue several hundred waivers from some of the details.” I think we all know the answer to that question. Let the new Congress repeal this unholy nightmare, and force Obama to veto the repeal. Then we can put the people who lied through their teeth to inflict it on us under oath, and have some far more enlightening hearings. Meanwhile, we can only hang around outside the Capitol and hope someone is scalping those priceless ObamaCare waivers.