When last we posted on this, 1433 waivers, covering some 3.2 million people, had been granted from the wildly popular program known as Obamacare. On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released more good news.
As of the end of July, we are now up to 1472 one year waivers.
In addition to that, we now have 106 three year waivers under the new procedure announced in June. In total, 3.4 million Americans are now covered by these waivers, of whatever duration.
A three year waiver will take the companies up to January 1, 2014, when all Americans will be fortunate enough to be subjected to Obamacare, and the 3.4 million current waiver recipients no doubt, will lose their employer provided insurance altogether.
Companies, unions and states have until September 22 to apply for waivers, and after that, no more waiver applications will be accepted. Apparently, the bad publicity from the continuing series of press releases disclosing more and more waivers became too much for the administration.
As you know, there is nothing in the Obamacare law passed by Congress that allows, or even contemplates, waivers of any sort be granted by the administration, but, it wouldn’t do to have 3.4 million irate Americans voting in 2012.