Since the health care reforms became law, the Obama administration has granted more than 1,300 waivers to businesses, organizations, and unions because without the waivers, millions of Americans stand to lose their health care coverage under the law. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
According to a White House blog post, the waivers are “protecting coverage for millions of Americans.” –That’s right, even the White House is now saying the waivers are needed to protect people from the drastic cost increases contained in Obamacare.
The blog explains, “between now and 2014, we also want to make sure workers are able to maintain their existing insurance, because on their own they would likely be shut out of the individual market or face unaffordable options…These temporary waivers will not be available beginning in 2014 when annual limits are banned…and millions of Americans-including many small business owners-will be able to shop for affordable coverage in a new competitive marketplace.”
The Obama administration talks about a “new competitive marketplace,” but what they mean is that millions of Americans will be less likely to get insurance from their employer and more likely to be forced into a system that is government-operated and federally sanctioned.
The blog continues to explain, “Waivers are only available if the plan certifies that a waiver is necessary to prevent either a large increase in premiums or a significant decrease in access to coverage.”
By the White House’s own admission, the law’s mandates will either cause a “large increase in premiums or significant decrease in access to coverage.” And worse, if you can’t afford it, then you will be forced in the exchange. Despite the president’s promise, the new reality seems to be this: If you like your plan, you need a waiver to keep it – and only until 2014, when the waivers disappear and the government takes over the market.