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Obamacare Waiver Mania, Part XXXVII: Entire State Gets Exemption

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By Doug Powers  •  March 9, 2011 10:25 AM

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“The bill I’m signing will set in motion reforms that generations of Americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see.”

–Barack Obama, March 23, 2010

America sure did lose its appetite fast. First unions and various corporations received Obamacare waivers by the hundreds, and now whole states are getting them:

The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Harry Reid’s state is seeking waiver protection from the same law their illustrious Senator and champion of publicly funded cowboy poets everywhere fought so hard to pass? It’s hard to feel bad because they just had their chance to get rid of him but blew it.

When it comes to Obamacare, the only effective, not to mention fair, waiver is total repeal.

**Written by Doug Powers

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