White House allows big firms to dodge health reforms

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    NYT: Obama lets firms dodge health reforms - Health - The New York Times - msnbc.com

    As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards.

    The story is long, but it's interesting.

    Why, if the plan is so good, would they offer waivers when there are already penalties in place for those that don't buy insurance?

    Seems that they should just fine McDonalds and the others for not following the law.
     
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    We wouldn't have these problems if people had the option to choose Government Health coverage.

    Major Corporations no longer want to be in the health care business......Time to implement the Govt Option
     
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    It's become an expensive benefit to offer.

    But a government would be a comical and unconstitutional option. I also don't think I need to remind you of how poorly the government runs anything.
     
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    Hmmm...Government Health coverage. Is that a euphemism for Amtrak?
     
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    Time to reform regulations and not have a government option... you could find many more deals if competition were more wide open and more groups (HOA's, local clubs, lodges, etc would have the ability to deal with the insurance companies and offer group insurance to compete against individual and employer plans)

    The government does not exist to be your personal safety net for your personal upkeep
     
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    Really?

    They are running Medicare more efficiently than private insurance right now. If you think the government would do such a bad job, why do you fear it?
    If people have an option between their private insurer and the lousy government plan...what do you have to lose?

    What you fear is that the government plan will be lower cost and provide better service than your private plans
     
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    Amtrak does a very good job on profitable routes. I take it all the time.

    The problem with Amtrak is that they cannot choose to run only on profitable lines. Those nasty Red States insisted that Amtrak provide coverage in their regions whether it is profitable or not
     
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    :lol:
     
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    LOL Yes the government denies more people then anyone.

    US government is the largest denier of healthcare - Bing
     
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    Well since the government has no profit motive and can pass laws to punish private firms. I'd say the concern has to do with strangling good firms to leave only the government option left. How do you compete with an entity that doesn't have to make money and sets the rules of the game?
     

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