Health Care Waivers Now At 1,471

By Eliza

Jul 15, 2011 5:28pm

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ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) Reports:

The Obama administration granted 39 waivers from part of the President’s health care law last month, bringing the total to 1,471, an announcement which is prompting one Republican Senator to introduce legislation that would allow all Americans to apply for a waiver.

Wyoming Republican John Barrasso said today that he plans to introduce a bill next week that “will deliver choice to Americans who want to get the care they need, from the doctor they want, at a price they can afford” by allowing all Americans to apply for a waiver from the president’s health care law.

“If the law worked well, companies and unions would not demand a way out of its expensive mandates.  Each waiver demonstrates that the President’s health care law is a complete failure.  The law continues to crush jobs, increase premiums and encourage government controlled health care,” Barrasso said in a written statement. “It’s not fair that a particular group of Americans, including union employees, don’t have to abide by the law.  Millions of other Americans across the country deserve the same freedom,” he said.

The waivers, however, only apply to one provision of the law and Health and Human Services announced in June that they were ending the program. Companies have until September 22 to file their application for a waiver of the health care law’s $750,000 minimum annual-benefit payout requirement.

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