It may be time to update my “How to Get An ObamaCare Waiver” guide, because a new option has emerged: join one of the organizations that foisted this nightmare on the rest of us.
Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller reports that the Department of Health, Human Services, and Royal Privilege has decided that Medigap providers will be exempted from ObamaCare’s oversight rules when they raise the payment rates for their plans.
Medigap plans are insurance supplements which take care of costs Medicare won’t cover. Providers of these plans have been raising their rates like mad. In fact, powerful senate Democrats have been complaining to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius about it. Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Max Baucus told her they’ve been hearing “disturbing stories from beneficiaries across the country about excessive premium increases,” including some hikes in the neighborhood of 40 percent over the past year.
The Obama Administration utterly ignored these disturbing stories, and decreed that Medigap providers shall be exempt from the oversight policies enforced upon all other insurance companies. Why would they make a decision like that?
Well, the largest provider of Medigap policies is… the American Association of Retired Persons, also known as AARP.
By an interesting coincidence, AARP was a huge booster of ObamaCare, providing valuable political capital for the President to shove his disastrous bill through Congress in a wild frenzy of payoffs.
By an even more interesting coincidence, ObamaCare absolutely destroys Medicare Advantage, the only real competition to Medigap plans. The House Ways and Means Committee recently estimated that this bit of crony capitalism would produce a billion-dollar windfall for AARP.
Enough is enough. It’s time to start issuing subpoenas and filing charges. We’ll need people under oath to pick the ObamaCare racket apart, since HHS has shrouded the decision process for granting waivers and exemptions in secrecy. The American people deserve both freedom from ObamaCare, and answers from the racketeers who forced it upon us.