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Monday, May 05, 2014

Obama's Waivers and Exemptions

Obama's game plan to dodge the bullet about Obamacare is to announce an exemption or a waiver or a deadline change almost every week. The purpose seems to be to postpone as many obnoxious deadlines as possible to take effect after this year's November election. The scholar Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute reports that the Administration has made 37 significant changes to Obamacare, at least 20 made unilaterally by Obama with his famous "pen." Only 15 were made legally by Congress.

Obamacare is a disaster any way you look at it. It violates the Constitution by forcing individual Americans to buy things we don't need or want, and to pay for other people to buy products we don't approve of. So what do we have to show for the high cost of Obamacare? Lost jobs, fulltime jobs cut to part-time jobs, cancelled health insurance policies, higher premiums for health insurance, a website that doesn't work so people don't know if they are really signed up or not, and navigators assigned to help us navigate the website who can't pass a background check.

Obamacare was designed to conceal its extraordinary cost by depending on healthy young people signing up to compensate the insurance companies for the high costs of unhealthy seniors. And we've just discovered a previously unnoticed fine-print provision to require taxpayers to bail out the insurance companies if they lose money on that deal.

The Obama Administration is trying to save face by claiming that Obamacare's only problems are with the website or implementation. In fact, the real problem is the Socialist mindset that the government can take over a sixth of our economy and do it better and cheaper, and that's ridiculous because it ends up with higher taxes, more inconvenience, and lots of bailouts.

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