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  • Lawmakers Press HHS for Information on Controversial Obamacare Waivers

    Wondering how all those businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district ended up with Obamacare waivers? The story drew national attention last month, but there’s still little known about the process used by the Obama administration to grant the controversial waivers.

    That’s prompted more than 30 members of Congress to write Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking “transparency, fairness, and due process” for the department’s waiver decisions. Heritage’s Ed Haislmaier testified in March that “HHS has exceeded its statutory authority in creating this waiver process.” In fact, HHS apparently developed the waiver rules on its own using a broad interpretation of the law.

    “The process by which waivers are approved and denied remains largely unknown,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who wrote the letter signed by 31 colleagues. “We are hoping Secretary Sebelius will shine some sunshine on the waiver process, making it known how businesses and labor unions are chosen or denied exemptions.”

    Huelskamp is making the rounds on a seven-stop town-hall tour in Kansas this week. He’s calling on the Obama administration to grant everyone a waiver from the new health care law. He said that’s the only way to guarantee fairness.

    “Evidence continues to flow forth that these waivers are sometimes about who you know, as a multitude of them have been granted to labor unions that have supported the President or to businesses that are in former Speaker Pelosi’s district,” he said. “This entire waiver process screams of political favoritism and is an abomination to the democratic process, to the concept of equality under the law, and to individual freedom and liberty.”

    Nearly 1,400 waivers have been granted since passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last year, about 100 per month. The Daily Caller reported last month that nearly 20 percent of recent waivers went to “fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels” in Pelosi’s upscale district in San Francisco.

    The congressional inquiry seeks information on all waivers denied by the Obama administration, including the names of all applicants. The lawmakers also want information on all pending applications that have not been made public on the HHS website and want to know the length of time needed by HHS to decide.

    They have given the administration a deadline of June 15 to provide the information.

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    10 Responses to Lawmakers Press HHS for Information on Controversial Obamacare Waivers

    1. Redfray, Pea Ridge, says:

      "Waivers for votes", and of course, campaign money. Put an end to campaign money under the table and all this will end. How, by making everyone giving campaign money sign the ledger book and post the amount being given. If someone is caught not doing this, it is treason, and the penalty is death. NO company can give money to a campaign candidate, and no organization can contribute to any candidate for any reason.

    2. P Dixon says:

      The research and development of The Heritage Foundation is outstanding. After viewing all the National budget issues, graph s and suggestions, I am puzzled about one immenent missing cause and effect – that of illegal immigration. It appears that -Even Heritage Foundation chooses to sweep IT under the rug!

    3. lee redwing says:

      how will privatization of public entitlements save senior citizens money if they are required to spend more for healthcare under the ryan plan? and why cut them at the same time as granting a tax break to the koch family and the like? oh, i forgot. this is a koch family owned paper. carry on……

    4. Robert Finney PhD says:

      End Health Greed As We Know It, Not Medicare

      Medicare does not need to be cut, much less ended. Eradication of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement by politicians, health plans, medical groups, and special interests would fund medically necessary health care for all Americans.

      POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, AND DR. STRANGELOVE PHYSICIANS ARE “BENDING THE COST CURVE,” BUT BREAKING THE PATIENTS AND DESTROYING THE DOCTOR- PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. Special interests have hijacked Medicare by rationing healthcare of the taxpayers who fund it.

      Kaiser Permanente’s Managing Director of Investments supervises the HMO’s $40 billion non-profit slush fund, all income from which is non-taxable. CEO George Halvorson’s annual compensation is $6.7 million. All Permanente Medical Groups are for-profit.

      Kaiser Permanente rents its patients to researchers to secretly test drugs and medical devices, in which for-profit, Kaiser Ventures, invests.

      Original investigations are posted on YouTube and HMO Hardball. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0h7tUymj2Y http://www.hmohardball.com
      Robert Finney PhD

    5. Bobbie says:

      Nothing like giving them extra time to cover their fraud. It seems a bit frightful that the employer gets the waiver but the employees will be left illegal if the employees don't fend for themselves which will be directly into obamacare fraud. Personal Health shouldn't be a government compromise!!!!! Extremely Unconstitutional!!! PLEASE REPEAL!!!!!!

    6. Harry Schell says:

      Nowhere in the law does it say HHS can waive compliance to ObamaCare. This is another example of the regime's desire to make law via executive branch invention and authority.

      In itself, this overreach is a damn good reason to repeal the law, to prevent this kind of creeping dictatorship.

      Congress and certainly the President have reached and exceeded their levels of incompetence. They both need to be rolled backward as to their reach over citizens' lives.

    7. chris says:

      It is sad to see what Obama is doing to our country. Who would believe just a few short years ago this country would alllow the president in power to pick winners and losers according to their political affiliation. Is this still the USA? Why is this being allowed to happen?

      • marlene piccolo says:

        This is shocking. Why is no one investigating Pelosi? Why aren't Americans screaming about her effort to sneak in HR 4646, a tax on earnings we already paid for. Who is Pelosi getting her support from? Soros?

    8. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Obama can do what he wants – he's the king – so to speak. He will answer to the voters soon and it wont be pretty. What bothers me is that the DHHS federal workers follow suit so easily to the countries (and one could argue their own) detriment.

    9. marlene says:

      Ironically this is being done as the Messiah is campaigning!! The country is in disarray; no one is minding the store in D.C. and munchkins are awaiting another nonsense speech from the President. Let's restore honor back to the position by getting rid of Obama as President next election.

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