Jul. 22, 2014

HHS Granting ObamaCare Exemptions Willy Nilly

The Department of Health and Human Services is drunk on the power given to it from the ObamaCare rollout. Its capricious rule is defined only by what is easiest week to week. Gaza and Ukraine dominated the headlines this week, but as a Wall Street Journal editorial begins, “Last week’s burst of world disorder was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn’t disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare.” That’s right – if you live in Puerto Rico, for example, ObamaCare is of no concern: no glitchy insurance exchanges, no burdensome regulations. It was only last year when HHS told the territories ObamaCare applied to them. The change of tune came down to the definition of “state.” Last year, HHS defined “state” as any government, those pesky things that tell you what to do and take your money. Now, it defines “state” as a literal state, like Ohio, Tennessee or California. This isn’t the first time HHS bent the rules. Just last month, it subverted Congress to fund the Risk Corridor section of ObamaCare. More…

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