Monday, March 7, 2011

Free Captain Elliott's Party Boats Pt.....?

... we're beginning to lose track.

Just when you thought the grand charade had come to a merciful conclusion, waivermania continues:

The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS posted 126 new waivers on Friday, bringing the total to 1,040 organizations that have been granted a one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement included in the healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago. Waivers have become a hot-button issue for Republicans, eager to expose any vulnerabilities in the reform law.

We were led to believe at the last reporting period back in January that the deadline for applying for the coverage limit exemption was December 1st (at which time HHS reported 500 new business and union entity exemptions, bringing the total to 729) so right now we don't know if these additional exemptions represent the backlog of applicants or if HHS decided to extend the deadline because that many more people needed the O-Care exemption.

Indeed, HHS hasn't even bothered to update thier own list to reflect the 300+ that have been granted waivers since the last reporting period and now totalling about 2.6 million people.

Most requests for waivers have been accepted, but dozens have been denied because they "did not demonstrate that compliance with the minimum annual limits requirements would significantly increase premiums or decrease access to benefits," an HHS spokeswoman told The Hill in January.

That's the employees of 300 more outfits forced to slog through life without the joys and benefits of ObamaCare as denied them by the person of Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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