Are Feds "Selling" Obamacare Waivers?

| by FRC

By Chris Gacek

Of course, the BIG news regarding Obamacare is that another federal district court struck down the law in its entirety on Monday.  That said, some extremely informative Obamacare details were made known in a Washington Times op-ed published on Monday

Dr. Milton R. Wolf’s commentary piece made clear that rampant administrative favoritism is becoming the hallmark of the manner in which this massive medical program is being run.  The prime piece of evidence is the mind-numbing total of waivers that are being issued for Obamacare.  Wolf’s totals are staggering:

Last year, we learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had granted 111 waivers to protect a lucky few from the onerous regulations of the new national health care overhaul. That number quickly and quietly climbed to 222, and last week we learned that the number of Obamacare privileged escapes has skyrocketed to 733.

Among the fortunate is a who’s who list of unions, businesses and even several cities and four states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee) but none of the friends of Barack feature as prominently as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  (Emphasis added.)

Given the sums of money that can be involved by obtaining a waiver, this sort of selective administration of the law invites corruption.  Are waiver recipients expected to make political contributions to certain candidates and parties?  Wink-wink.

At what point does such the selective application of the law create constitutional avenues for litigation by the poor slobs who get stuck paying for this monstrosity.

Clearly, Congress needs to investigate this in fine detail.  Congress should compel the waiver recipients to produce all records of any communications they have had with persons in the executive branch with whom the waiver topic was broached.  Given the number of waivers this will be a daunting task, but it needs to be done to maintain the rule of law in the United States.