The Squeaky Wheels
While several states are still mounting their legal opposition to the new health care law, there are those who have been given a huge pass without having called a single lawyer.
Apparently Health insurers and various companies have thrown hissy fit's about the first series of new health care rules, threatening to "abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies," reports The New York Times. In response, the Obama administration has issued one-year waivers that give grumpy companies a get-out-of-jail-free card while the rules are phased in. In some cases, government officials have had to offer waivers simply to keep basic existing coverage in place. The administration has distributed 30 waivers in recent weeks to companies like McDonalds, who grumbled at the prospect of abolishing annual limits on its workers' meagre coverage plans. Insurers Aetna and Cigna also received waivers after complaining that they are being forced to cover too many seriously ill children.
White House officials have said the waivers are intended to ease the transition. "It is a balancing act," said the director of the Office of Health Reform. "The president wants to have a smooth glide path to 2014."
How about a year waiver for the American citizen? Dang, no TARP, no break, and no hope! Agree or disagree?