Obamacare Waivers: Is it about healthcare or control?


We are now learning that Healthcare Czar Kathleen Sebelius has granted waivers to several companies (and UNIONS!) so that they will not have to adhere to the laws and mandates of Obamacare.  Included are McDonalds, Jack In The Box, and ….. unions.

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers.

The Heritage Foundation sums up the Obamacare monstrosity very well today:

When it comes to the health care sector, Obamacare has turned Secretary Sebelius into judge, jury, and executioner. And we are just beginning to witness the scope of Obamacare’s bureaucratic powers.

Just step back a minute — Wasn’t this golden age of Obamacare going to bring long life, never-ending care, and multitudes of benefits to the masses?   So then, how is it that the promise-filled Obama administration is now awarding waivers that stifle the very elements touted about Obamacare?

As Thomas Lifson at American Thinker put it:

When it became known McDonald’s would drop a health coverage option for tens of thousands of its workers, ObamaCare advocates, who had bought the propaganda that “you will be able to keep your existing plan if you’re happy with it”, were seriously embarrassed.

 

But back to the basics…why the waivers?

From the New York Times:

As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards.

The waivers have been issued in the last several weeks as part of a broader strategic effort to stave off threats by some health insurers to abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies.

So, basically, best case,  the waivers are another result of a poorly written bill that was not thought out in full.  Worst case, this is just more manipulation and control that foreshadows things to come in healthcare in America.  This is the result of “Passing a Bill to see what’s in it”.

Gee, I guess some “pre-existing condition” soul out there just got shucked by the hucksters in Washington.  What a surprise coming from the Thugocracy now in power.

Erick Erickson at RedState.com summed it up like this:

The reality here is that this will perpetuate Obama policies in furtherance of John Edwards’ two Americas — those with the connections and power to get out from under the yoke of the law and those that cannot.

The law and the waivers will pit entrepreneurs against armies of well paid lobbyists giving a competitive advantage, yet again, to big businesses.

That’s Obama’s America

As I and many have surmised before, Obamacare is about control not healthcare.  I found this Ayn Rand quote from a commenter at RedState.com.  I am currently reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and these non-objective actions by the Obama administration are straight from the Atlas plot.

When men are caught in the trap of non-objective law, when their work, future and livelihood are at the mercy of a bureaucrat’s whim, when they have no way of knowing what unknown “influence” will crack down on them for which unspecified offense, fear becomes their basic motive, if they remain in the industry at all—and compromise, conformity, staleness, dullness, the dismal grayness of the middle-of-the-road are all that can be expected of them. Independent thinking does not submit to bureaucratic edicts, originality does not follow “public policies,” integrity does not petition for a license, heroism is not fostered by fear, creative genius is not summoned forth at the point of a gun.

Non-objective law is the most effective weapon of human enslavement: its victims become its enforcers and enslave themselves.

  –Ayn Rand

We hear all about “fear” driving the actions of consumers right now.  Many bureaucrats today are touting the “fear” or “out of touch” meme insinuating that the public is just misinformed or not aware of the (so-called good) “changes” taking place. 

But I think Ayn Rand was accurate in stating that when business/consumers are controlled by the bureaucrats whims, then fear becomes the motive of their actions

It is not Fox News, it is not the “right”, not Sarah Palin, not misinformation….but it is the raw grab of power and shredding of our Constitutional rights that induces fear and therefore the resulting actions of the American people today.

It has been suggested by clearer minds over the past year that Obamacare was also intended by the socialist bureaucrats as a step towards fully government-controlled healthcare.  Intelligent individuals can argue that when additional cost is forced upon insurers through Obamacare mandates, one can rightfully conclude that the government is pushing the insurers out of business.  Again, Ayn Rand touched on the fact that when bureaucrats force controls on business at their discretion, the businesses may not “remain in the industry at all”.  

Why it’s almost as if Obamacare is designed to kill the healthcare insurance industry…?!?!

Worse yet….this law and its “non-objective” choosing of the winners and losers, strikes hard at the American notion of the “rule of law”.  Why does the Obama administration get to choose who wins and loses in healthcare? 

Lifson also writes:

ObamaCare is an even bigger disaster for America than previously suspected, going beyond merely wrecking the health care sector. It is changing the rule of law, the sacred principle of our political economy, into rule by government favor…..

……This approach is an outrage. Why are the politically-connected and high profile granted an exemption? What about everyone else? What happened to equal treatment under the law?…..

…The lesson being taught to American business is that you’d better hope the authorities in DC smile upon you. If so, the worst provisions of the law won’t harm you as much as they will your less favored competitors.

Ed Morrisey at HotAir.com writes about this also:

The Rule of Law depends on an environment with clear regulation and unbiased enforcement……..Now, the White House has added arbitrary enforcement to uncertain regulation and opaque processes.  This is not the Rule of Law, but the Whim of Autocracy.

Bottom line…..Obamacare is an affront to our freedoms, our Constitution and the Rule of Law.  Vote every bum out that voted for this bureaucratic atrocity.

 It simply comes down to this (via Heritage Foundation):

Through Obamacare, progressives wanted to redistribute wealth through a distant, patronizing welfare state that regulates more and more of the economy, politics and society.

 The question Americans face is: Are we a country ruled by law or by a bureaucrat? 

Vote November 2…..and get all of your friends and family out to vote.   Support the rule of law and our Constitution….vote for those who will follow both!

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2 Responses

  1. There is a solution for employers who aren’t blessed by a Secretary Sebelius waiver and are being forced to drop employee coverage. Simply switching them to LyfeBank accounts will allow family members or part time workers to pool employer funds from each job into employee-owned accounts to buy health insurance and pay for medical expenses, all with pretax dollars. Visit LyfeBank.com to see how this works.

  2. I am not trying to indicate that I am anything other than Conservative in my views.

    The questions I have is: Would a Repbulican President have issued reprieves to Corporations under duress? Especially Corporations that hired employees on the lower end of our income scale? Especially if we are going into and election cycle?

    MY statementis :
    What sticks in my craw is that this health bill was leveraged into passing and has none health related amendments and laws in said bill. It is a catch-all bill to leverage socialism.

    Blurted out is: Trillions of dollars have been taken from we tax payers to be used where??? That just blurted out!

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