Dec 08 2010
Want proof Obamacare is a disaster? Just look at how many people would be losing their good health care if it was actually being enforced:
The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to one provision of the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.
One of the more recognizable business names included on the newly-expanded list of waivers issued by the feds is that of Waffle House, which received a waiver on November 23 for health coverage that covers 3,947 enrollees.
Another familiar name was that of Universal Orlando, which runs a variety of very popular resorts in the Orlando, Florida area. Universal was given a waiver for plans that cover 668 workers.
These waivers deal with limited health benefit plans, sometimes referred to as “mini-med” policies, which companies as large as McDonald’s use for some its employees.
The plan have limits on how much can be paid out in coverage, limits which would be phased out under the new health reform law.
The feds though have granted waivers from that law, amid concern that certain groups would drop their health insurance programs entirely. Those waivers are good for one year, and can be considered for renewal.
These companies have the money and clout to get waivers. Most small companies (like ours) do not have the ability. We seriously are considering which is less dangerous to us, keeping our top end policies (we need to attract dwindling engineering talent) or not. We cannot afford penalties on top of premium benefits. We are not (and will not) become a union run shop. That leaves us only two horrible options.
Which is the truth of Obamacare. What was once a good health care plan is now either dangerous to our company or something we must toss out in favor of government-rationed care. And for this I am to be grateful?