Yep. You read that correctly. The Department of Health & Human Services has granted nearly 1,400 ObamaCare waivers despite the fact that the “reform” law contains no provision permitting it to do so:
Language granting HHS that power was never in the original law.
So, where exactly did HHS get the authority to exempt hundreds of unions and other Democrat support groups from the rigors of ObamaCare while the rest of America is forced to comply?
HHS gave itself the power last summer using a broad interpretation of certain parts of the law.
In other words, the most contoversial feature of the ObamaCare implementation plan is just a bureaucratic fiat. And the administration is still stonewalling requests for information about the approval process:
The Obama administration, which touts itself as the most transparent in American history, hasn’t answered many questions about who’s been getting waivers and why, who’s been denied and why or who’s still in line.
The administration has refused to comply with a variety of Freedom of Information Act requests involving the waivers and the White House has ignored requests from Congress for information about them.
These people make the Nixon White House seem transparent by comparision. What I don’t get is why no one has filed a lawsuit challenging the constutionality of these waivers.
If memory serves, the Constitution contains some rather straightforward language about equal application of the laws. This language was inserted to prevent just this kind of skulduggery.