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Maine Is 1st State To Get O-Care Waiver

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Maine gets break in federal health care overhaul

By David Sharp, Associated Press – Tue Mar 8, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine – The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

How kind of their majesties, Obama and Sebelius. They are so magnificent in their condescension.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire.

‘As Maine goes, so goes the nation.’

In seeking the waiver, Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman feared that one of three major insurers offering individual plans in Maine would withdraw from the market altogether if the federal requirement remained in place. The insurer, MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co., has 37 percent of the state’s individual market…

And somehow this won’t be a problem three years from now, when these provisions are re-implemented?

Maine’s individual insurance market has been volatile, with big premium increases attributed in part to the small number of enrollees and lack of competition. There have been fears the market could collapse altogether

Again, isn’t that the plan?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Maine Is 1st State To Get O-Care Waiver”

  1. BigOil says:

    With one state and 1000+ groups having been granted waivers, we should be fast approaching the point where there are more people exempt from Barrycare than uninsured people it was supposedly designed to cover.

    I would suggest this is ironic, but it is more likely intended chaos.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Is Maine blue? Is Maine a Union state? Inquiring minds simply want to know why they got the waiver when other states are vilified for the lawsuit and nullification processes?

    So now we have 28 states virtually out of Obamacare – and every day it being exposed for the lie, fraud and deception it is – isn’t that week for Obama DOJ to file almost up?

    All I can say is that I hope Vinson and most especially 5 of the Supremes have the guts to just say NO – The whole damn mess is Un-CONSTITUTIONAL and VOID

    Lets see 50 – 28 is 22 – 1) it’s a majority – We WIN, 2) only 4 more States need to come on board to be able to sit a Constitutional Convention (that would make the crapweasels in DC actually begin to do their job) and 3) Elections have consequences – Again WE WON, You LOST.

    Get over it – by hook, crook, cheating, lying and avoiding the correct Congressional procedures and rules this pos was ‘passed’ – Now it is falling apart. REPEAL IT NOW and IMPEACH its instigator – come on, imagine how the Dems are going to overcome (NOT) their last two POTUS being Impeached – talk about out of power for 40 years – they will just have to go to one of their idolized socialist paradises to get all the power they want.

  3. JohnMG says:

    ………” the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years……..”

    There is a sequence of dialog in the movie “For A Few Dollars More” where Lee VanCleef says “I usually smoke after meals….why don’t you come back in about ten minutes”. To which the hunchback replys; “In ten minutes you’ll be smokin’ in hell!”

    This statement reminds me of that…..sort of. In two years Sebelius will be…………where?

  4. proreason says:

    The Moron’s cabal has calculated that Maine might go Republican in 2012.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    The problem is the regime has no effective way to spin these harmful results, when this is everything Conservatives feared so much to organize a national movement to stop and reverse it. The problem is Captain Kickass hasn’t stolen reelection yet. That’s it, otherwise the waivers wouldn’t be necessary.

  6. canary says:

    Let’s see if moderate Republican Senator Snowe rewards Obama soon. When she first supported Obama’s health care bill, she became low hanging fruit.


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