Wizards of Waiver-ly Place
The Obama administration filed its defense of the health care law on the same day officials released the final list of friends they waived from it! How’s that for irony? On one hand, the President is lobbying to keep the law, and on the other, he’s trying to protect people from the damage it will cause. If the administration is looking to make a compelling case in advance of the March Supreme Court hearing, this isn’t it. The documents, which were released “in a classic Friday afternoon news dump,” show that labor unions represented one of the largest portions of the 3,914,356 individuals waived nationwide.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say that a whopping 1,625 insurance plans are now exempted from ObamaCare costs, while the rest struggle to adapt to the heavy new regulations.FRC is doing its best to give Americans a permanent waiver from ObamaCare by filing an amicus brief with the high court in opposition to the law. The brief was coauthored by FRC legal counsel Ken Kluskowski and Professor Nelson Lund of George Mason University School of Law. Twenty-seven members of Congress signed on to our brief, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Interestingly enough, FRC’s brief was cited in the Supreme Court brief filed for the National Federation of Independent Business, an unusual move calling the justices’ attention to FRC’s brief and making it very likely that the Court will carefully read and consider the arguments we present. As you may remember, our earlier brief was instrumental in U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s decision to strike down the entire ObamaCare law as unconstitutional. To read our latest brief, click here.
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