In early September, ...Obamacare promoter and Democrat Rep. Ron Wyden [pushed] for a special state waiver from the very federal mandate he advocated for everyone else... A few weeks later, McDonald’s finagled its own Obamacare waiver after warning federal regulators that it could be forced to drop its affordable health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 restaurant workers unless it got a pass.
In early October, the Obama administration announced it had granted waivers not only to McDonald’s, but also to several other firms and labor unions.
Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.
In total, Sebelius' waivers granted thus far affect nearly 1.2 million workers.
Let's not beat around the bush here: by issuing all of these waivers before the full effects of the law are even felt, the administrative state has admitted that its one-size-fits-all health care reform is a failure. Which any thinking person knew and predicted ahead of time (by definition, excluding all liberals who supported the bill).
Who gets hurt the most? Small- and mid-sized businesses who don't have the corporate attorneys and lobbyists to beg Washington for relief. Consider the amount of power that this fourth branch of government possesses: who gets health care, when, how and what treatments. This unelected body of masterminds -- who believe that they can control hundreds of millions of individual, rational decisions and one-sixth of the entire U.S. economy -- have already proven themselves a disaster.
And this is only the beginning.
Furthermore, when you put the power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats to decide who must obey the law and who is above it, you've eviscerated the entire rationale for the law.
This disastrous pile of manure disguised as "health care reform" must be repealed.