More Obamacare waivers slip under the radar

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services granted additional waivers from the burdens of Obamacare, this time to four states.  Count your blessings if you are a state employee, and live in…Florida, New Jersey, Ohio or Tennessee.

You are probably wondering why these states received a waiver.  Actually it’s simple.  In order to comply with the pieces of Obamacare that have recently come into effect, these states made a case that they would either have to raise premiums for state workers, or, drop insurance coverage altogether.

One of the new requirements of Obamacare is that annual medical benefits must be $750,000 per year per employee.

This requirement will cause health insurance premiums to increase and employers will stop paying for these benefits due to the higher costs.

These higher premiums should come as no surprise to the administration.

The Chief Actuary, [for Medicare and Medicaid] Richard Foster, has provided the proof that ObamaCare causes medical costs and health insurance premiums to rise. He also said many would not get to keep the health insurance they now have.

Gee, that doesn’t sound like what President Obama promised us.

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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. johnboy111 on February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    700 more days till he’s gone??

  2. winnie888 on February 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I thought Judge Vinson ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional?? Why do any states need waivers to opt out of an unconstitutional law?
    Oh, that’s right…just like with drilling in the gulf…federal Judge lifts drilling moratorium, Obama administration won’t issue permits to drill.? Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
    He and his cohorts have so many dirty little tricks up their sleeves to bypass the constitution and the judicial branch…we may as well have no laws at all.? If they can make up the rules as they go, why can’t we?? Oh, that’s right:? we’re law abiding citizens.

  3. Tim-in-Alabama on February 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    It is so important that everyone have Obamacare that it’s crucial for political connected entities be allowed to opt out of Obamacare.
    I read an interesting take on Obama’s royal dispensations for those he deems need not follow the law. I’ll try to find the link.

  4. Tim-in-Alabama on February 24, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Here is a link to a National Review piece by Philip Hamburger on the constitutionality of Obama's imperial healthcare dispensations.

  5. Tim-in-Alabama on February 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Here is a link to a National Review Online piece by Philip Hamburger about Obama's healthcare dispensations.

  6. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Waivers are the new hypocrisy!


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