“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

–President Obama, 2009

Having said that, you wouldn’t think a waiver protecting you from the health care law that was allegedly intended to protect your health care would be a necessity, would you?

Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn’t lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.

Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.

The government went out of their way to keep the dollar menu from becoming the five-dollar menu, thus saving money on their lunch hours, but the rest of us might not be so lucky. The waiver is only temporary though, just to get Democrats through the election without a million people being dumped from their health coverage because the Democrats helped them out so much.

Here’s one for the irony file:

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed that employee premiums would rise or that workers would lose coverage without them, Santillo says.

The same people who supported pushing off Obamacare on the entire country have received protection from it. It’s good ta be da union.

Can the media please stop referring to something that consumers are running from like the plague as a “consumer protection” now?

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5 Responses to “Dude, Where’s My Waiver?”

  1. SignPainterGuy on October 7th, 2010 2:29 pm

    "Nobody is talking….", Of course they`re not, no one would fall for their crap if they did !! Nope, just lying and coniving !!!

    "It`s good ta be da union." Or KING !! We saw it coming….One of the very few things Obummer DIDN`T lie about…..he said he would protect the unions !!

    "consumer protection", one more case in point…if a lib. says it, the opposite is true !!!

    We no longer need binoculars to see November from our house !!

  2. Doug on October 7th, 2010 3:03 pm

    fixed that for ya' Doug.

    Nicely done!

  3. Marshall_Will on October 7th, 2010 4:39 pm

    Not to come across as being entirely flippant, but the reason I mention the whole "doctor/patient relationship" is simply I feel it was a horrific tactical error on the part of conservatives, or those not delusional enough to believe in free lunches.

    Firstly, major employers are changing their HC providers well.., a lot more often than Bin Laden changes his underwear! My wife's employer does so just about every year. In so doing, you get a whole new pamphlet and chances are, your old Doc won't be IN their PPO list! So what's the diff? Who cares, it's hardly my priest and it damn sure ain't my wife! Now if you'll excuuuuse me a man w/ a rubber glove and a sinister smile is telling me this will 'barely' hurt at all?

  4. SignPainterGuy on October 7th, 2010 8:22 pm

    Hard to say which is worse, the "glove" treatment or the hurrying home for a bit of "deep cleansing" and fresh underwear afterward !!? :<*

  5. SignPainterGuy on October 8th, 2010 7:48 pm

    Heard on FOX about an hour ago that the WH released the waiver notice "quietly" on their w/s , 30 companies jumped right away, and now has expanded to 140`ish…their hoping it won`t snowball….. Don`t tell them, but I think Pandora`s Box has been flung wide open !!! TOOOOO LAAATE !!!

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