Remember former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s (D. Ca.), famous statement about Obamacare…”we have to pass the bill before you can see what’s in it”? Apparently many in San Francisco, the heart of Ms. Pelosi’s district, have now seen what is in Obamacare, and they are not too impressed.
First, as to waivers, as the end of April a total of 1372 waivers, covering some 3.1 million employees, have been granted from the current requirements of Obamacare. This includes 221 additional waivers granted in the month of April.
A hat tip here to a blogger for a local Orlando radio station who had the patience to cull through this list and identify that a surprising number of these new waivers were granted to businesses in San Francisco, California. And, a little bit of checking disclosed that San Francisco is the city where Ms. Pelosi has her district office.
So, take out your tour book, and follow along.
Among the new inductees to the waiver “club”, we have Blue and Gold Fleet, the business that provides cruises around San Francisco Bay; Campton Place, an exclusive hotel and the Hotel Mark Twain; Royal Motors, an owner of several local car dealerships; and, on the dining side, the Franciscan Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore Street Restaurant and North Beach Pizza. Heck, even the Infusion Lounge was able to get a waiver.
The list is much longer, but, hopefully you will get a flavor of how bad Obamacare is when businesses in Ms. Pelosi’s district are clamoring to be excluded from its burdens.
All kidding aside, what you need to understand about these waivers is that all 3.1 million employees covered by these waivers, and well as the thousands who will be covered by “waivers yet unborn” will lose their employer based insurance when Obamacare takes full effect in 2014.
Why, you ask?
The waivers granted to employers so far are all because of the fact that the employers could not afford the premiums for coverage with $750,000 annual limits per employee. Does anyone seriously think they will be able to afford the coverage when, come 2014, there will be no annual limits allowed?