Friday marks the last time HHS (Health & Human Services) will have to update the total number of waivers, putting to rest a recurring political firestorm.
The department had been updating its waiver totals every month, prompting monthly attacks from the GOP, posted by Sam Baker of The Hill.
All told, 1,231 companies applied for and received waivers from the law’s restrictions on annual benefit caps.
The law requires plans to gradually raise their benefit limits, and all annual limits will become illegal in 2014. Companies that received waivers can keep their caps intact until 2014.
Republicans say the need for waivers proves that the healthcare law is unworkable. HHS argues that the waivers show the law provides flexibility.
Flexible: susceptible of modification or adaptation; adaptable
Waiver: an intentional relinquishment of some right, interest, or the like.
So flexibility means to modify & waiver means to drop all together. Hmmm.
Let’s see just how “flexible” our government has been.
The Daily Caller reports the documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.
That’s pretty flexible. So flexible it seems, they bent over backwards, for some. Must be double jointed.