A recent post here discussed what Democrats have been instructed to say about Obamacare on the campaign trail.
The law is not perfect, but it does good things and helps many people. Now we’ll work to improve it.
That’s hardly a resounding endorsement.
On Friday, we learned of a Democrat who voted for the bill, but is currently counseling his state about how to avoid it.
Senator Ron Wyden (D. Or.), an “aye” during the voting process, is apparently having second thoughts.
Last week Mr. Wyden sent a letter to Oregon health authority director Bruce Goldberg, encouraging the state to seek a waiver from certain ObamaCare rules so it can “come up with innovative solutions that the Federal government has never had the flexibility or will to implement.” [emphasis supplied]
Thus within a few weeks we’ve seen colleges and universities asking to “opt” out of Obamacare, and, now, a Senator explaining to his state how to do so. This is not good news if you are an Obamacare supporter, but, it certainly is good news for the majority of Americans who do not like this legislation, and want it repealed.
According to Senator Wyden,
One little-known provision of the bill allows states to opt out of the “requirement that individuals purchase health insurance,” Mr. Wyden wrote, and “Because you and I believe that the heart of real health reform is affordability and not mandates, I wanted to bring this feature of Section 1332 to the attention of you and the legislature.”
Interesting… without even being asked, Senator Wyden volunteers information to his State about how to get out from under the tentacles of Obamacare.
But, before you write to your governor asking that your state “opt out” immediately, you need to know the following .
The Secretary of Health and Human Services would need to approve the ObamaCare alternative of Oregon or any other states, and the waivers don’t start until 2017, three years after ObamaCare is supposed to be up and running. It is also hard to see how anyone in the current Administration would grant them. [emphasis supplied]
Still, are we seeing a chink in the armor?