Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Who Got Obamacare Waivers?

From the department of "I was going to do this myself but these folks did it better," I'd like to share an analysis of who received Obamacare waivers, published by the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group.  It looks like a pretty mixed bag of outfits.  I can't really see much rhyme nor reason to who gets one and who doesn't.

Some are just strange: Aetna received an exemption for plans that it offers to firms with more than 209,000 enrollees. So, what happens when a firm with 210,000 enrollees closes a plant and the headcount drops to 200,000? It loses its waiver, too?

Also, note that these waivers are for one year, i.e., most will be expiring in the first quarter of 2012, and the scrambling to defer the pain of Obamacare will begin again - just in time for election season.

(Crossposted at National Review Online.)

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