Did the government really say that?

We have been following the growing number of waivers granted by the Department of Health and Human Services to corporations, insurance companies and unions from the provisions of Obamacare.  In fact, we posted one article about that yesterday.  So periodically I visit the HHS web page devoted to that issue. On my most recent visit, I learned that we are now up to 733 entities that have been granted waivers, affecting some 2.1 million insureds.

But, what I didn’t notice until today, was the title of this HHS web page.  It is called “Helping Americans Keep the Coverage They Have and Promoting Transparency”.  (Hang in there folks.  At least for me, it takes forever for this page to download.)


Let me see if I have this right.  To date, Obamacare has made it impossible for some 733 entities and 2.1 million insureds to keep the coverage they have.  So, HHS, under Obamacare, has established a division, or section or subsection, or whatever, to “help” those people keep the insurance they had before Obamacare was passed.  Did I miss anything?

Here’s an idea.

Let’s eliminate the middleman, a/k/a the Department of Health and Human Services.  Repeal Obamacare, and, at least on this score, problem solved.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 7:00 am

    We need legislation titled "Helping Øbama Keep The Promises He Made" bill!

  2. TomL on February 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I find the waiver list interesting, what would be more interesting would be the list of declined waivers. I wonder if waivers were granted on who contributed to which party. 

  3. GdavidH on February 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    That's a really interesting point TomL. You can't assume that every application or request for a waiver is granted. And if a waiver is denied, why? Perhaps that is a story all its' own.

  4. Tim-in-Alabama on February 25, 2011 at 2:52 am

    The President was quite clear that people who like their doctors and insurance plans will be able to keep them, but because they will lose them under his healthcare coup, it's important for the government to help those who want to keep their insurance but are losing it because this law was designed so that all Americans would be covered except for those who are more covered or less covered depending upon their political connections or ages or who are excluded because providing coverage for everyone makes it cost prohibitive to provide coverage for everyone with the healthcare they need or that is approved. I've been perfectly clear in my response.

  5. Dimsdale on February 25, 2011 at 5:39 am

    "This Potemkin Village Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."


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