Hey, where’s my waiver?

Maybe we should all ask for one, no? Turn the thousands into millions.

Maine is the latest. Yes, as in the state:

The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

Destabilize the market? How could this be? And since when did the Obama administration give a rat’s rear end about the market? Just sayin’.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

You mean the government dictating what private insurers do can cause problems? Really? How interesting.

In seeking the waiver, Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman feared that one of three major insurers offering individual plans in Maine would withdraw from the market altogether if the federal requirement remained in place. The insurer, MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co., has 37 percent of the state’s individual market.

MEGA’s departure from the market would carry the “reasonable likelihood of destabilizing the Maine individual market,” with costly ramifications for MEGA’s policy holders, wrote Steven Larsen, an HHS deputy administrator.

Government dictates on private insurers can cause “costly ramifications” for “policy holders”? Translation: Obamacare rules make premiums rise.

Surprise!

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey asks a few questions:

If Maine’s own ObamaCare precursor had worked to achieve cost control, then why does the state ration entry into its public option?  Furthermore, if such a program really does control cost and overhead, then why can’t the state’s insurers meet the arbitrary 80% threshold set by Congress without having to shut down its business?

The waivers may as well encompass the entire United States, since these economic problems will arise wherever ObamaCare is attempted.  Better yet, instead of issuing 300 million waivers, why don’t we scrap the program and start over from scratch — this time with actual reform aimed at eliminating third-party payer interventions rather than expanding them?

What’s the point of the so-called “reform” if everyone is exempt?

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2 Responses

  1. Regarding the Obama administration’s illegal immigration policies, which is pretty much the same as those of the last three previous presidencies, “fuzzy logic” seems to be the order of the day. The reality is that we have somewhere around 20 million people living in the United States illegally. They became outlaws the day they entered. Those who are working are breaking more laws by committing fraud. Additionally, since we have no way of screening these lawbreakers, we should not be surprised to find that 30% of all prison inmates are illegal aliens. Federal law requires that all illegal aliens be arrested, and deported. Yet the fuzzy logic is to ignore the law and look at the potential for increasing the tax base and political power. Even if amnesty were even remotely acceptable, the failure to stem the tide of this insidious invasion gives new definition to the term “fuzzy logic”.

  2. I betg he’s only giving these waivers leading into the 2012 election. If he wins a second term, I bet the waivers stop.

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