GAO: Waivers issued to prevent premium increases

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    It seems that Republicans and Libertarians are not the only ones who understand that Obamacare will raise premiums.

    GAO Report: ObamaCare Waivers Issued to Prevent Premium Increases Caused By Health Law

    For those who have a hard time following embedded links.

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11725r.pdf
     
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    Er, yes. What did you think they were for?

    You could've gotten that right from CCIIO's annual limits waiver page:

    A class of group health plans and health insurance coverage, generally known as “limited benefit” plans or “mini-med” plans often have annual limits well below the restricted annual limits set out in the interim final regulations.

    Since this is often the only type of private insurance available to some workers, HHS has issued temporary waivers to allow workers to keep this insurance. These “annual dollar limit” waivers last for one year and are available only if the plan certifies that a waiver is necessary to prevent either a significant increase in premiums or a decrease in access to coverage. Additionally, health plans that receive waivers must tell consumers if their health care coverage is subject to an annual dollar limit lower than what is required under the law. ​

    The more significant finding in the GAO report is that it confirms the obvious: the conspiracy theorists alleging bias in the process or politically motivated denials of applications don't have a leg to stand on.
     
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    Is that the significant thing? I thought Obamacare would bring down health care costs. Does this the same way that Obama is going to halve the deficit? First they go way up, then they come down a little, and he claims it lowered costs?
     
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    This is news? It's been stated multiple times on this very site that this was a major factor for granting waivers. The short term increase in premiums was too great for these organizations who needed more time to adapt their coverage policies to avoid such increases. Good work Sherlock.
     
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    And the short term problem will magically disappear in 2014. :eusa_liar:
     
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    You wouldn't ask that if you understood how this legislation was being implemented. :eusa_eh:
     
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    find someone capable of explaining it and I am all ears.

    Preferably NOT a shill or someone who will start by telling me how paper is milled.
     
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    so the wavier for or to Maine is ONLY for these; “limited benefit” plans or “mini-med” in Maine...I didn't know that, I was wrong, I was under the assumption Maine as in all agencies/operators etc. ala med. plans etc. in Maine had a waiver.....ok then.
     
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    Enjoy.

    http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8061.pdf
     
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    1. Collect taxes for 4 years before so called "benefits" are implemented.
    2. Give waivers to big campaign donors.
    3. Done!

    Thataboutrite?
     

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