Barone Nails It On ObamaCare
Michael Barone might just have written the perfect 2012 campaign slogan for the GOP:
If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people want to get out from under it?
That’s part of a piece about the various ObamaCare waivers, which Barone then continues to hammer:
More specifically, why are more than half of those 3,095,593 [citizens covered by waivers] in plans run by labor unions, which were among Obamacare’s biggest political supporters? Union members are only 12 percent of all employees but have gotten 50.3 percent of Obamacare waivers.
Just in April, Sebelius granted 38 waivers to restaurants, nightclubs, spas and hotels in former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco congressional district. Pelosi’s office said she had nothing to do with it.
On its website HHS pledges that the waiver process will be transparent. But it doesn’t list those whose requests for waivers have been denied.
It does say that requests are “reviewed on a case by case basis by Department officials who look at a series of factors including” — and then lists two factors. And it refers you to another website that says that “several factors . . . may be considered” — and then lists six factors.
What other factors may be considered? Political contributions or connections? (Unions contributed $400 million to Democrats in the 2008 campaign cycle.) The websites don’t say.
Transparent… but we won’t tell you what factors we consider. Orwell would be proud.