Obamacare Waivers Surpass 1,000

Monday, 07 Mar 2011 02:22 PM

By Dan Weil

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Even the Obama administration is coming to recognize the shortcomings of the new healthcare law. It has now approved more than 1,000 waivers to organizations seeking a one-year exemption from new coverage requirements, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, The Hill reports.

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HHS announced 126 new waivers Friday, pushing the total to 1,040. Republicans point out that this situation helps prove the law is fatally flawed.

The waivers have generally been given to "mini-med" plans that offer limited annual coverage — as low as $2,000, which falls short of the new annual coverage floor of $750,000 for 2011.

"We don't want to take away people's health insurance before they have some realistic other choices,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.

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