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Got Your Healthcare Waiver Yet?
One early morning not to long ago I was sifting through my e-mail when someone sent me a link (http://www.wheresmywaiver.com/) to the HHS website where I could request my waiver from Obamacare. I was ecstatic to say the least since they seemed to be doled out right and left by Kathleen Sibelius, the national authority on what seems to ail all of us. After all, she was formerly the Governor of Kansas and a subject matter expert. So about five in the morning I shot off an e-mail to Kathleen and viola, she evidently was sitting at her desk at that ungodly hour and immediately replied to my inquiry
She told me how glad she was to hear from me, and I would shortly receive a reply to my request. Not being stupid, I knew better. All I wanted was what other people seem to be getting - a waiver to avoid the sanctions and taxes involved in Obamacare, rather a simple request in my mind, The Obama administration had already now issued over one thousand three hundred and seventy two waivers to a system that was supposed to be the cure all of all cure alls to what ails our health care system. I should be a shoe in candidate. This seemed easier to obtain than Obama's "original" long form birth certificate.
There seems to be one problem with that line of thinking though. I am not, nor will I ever be, a major campaign contributor to Obama and his Chicago thugs running this nation. In fact, I won't ever be a minor contributor. Not one red cent of my hard earned money would ever be given to a snake oil salesman. I'm not buying the hype, nor the horse crap, emanating from his lips. But I thought it might be worth the old Frog U try to see if I could get more than an automated response. I don't have the big bucks to buy that kind of waiver it seems. Here I thought Obamacare was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. But what about that sliced bread President Smirksalot? Huh!
If it's supposed to be all that great, why are all these firms, many times union backed, unions themselves and associated strap hangers and the like being granted waivers before his grand plan is even close to being implemented? Explain that one. Charity cases I suppose? I seriously doubt it. Or maybe give a whirl at explaining how seven entire states have received waivers to date? Political paybacks are what lie at the bottom of the heap. McDonalds isn't exactly a charity case, nor are protecting the interests of recently retired, or soon to be retired, union members a soon to be charity case. Anyone with even an inkling of common sense can see what is going on behind the scenes of this smoke and mirrors act.
So in April, while he wants you to be looking over there, one flies in under the radar. An additional 200 plus waivers were granted by Czarenna Sibelius. And here you were rejoicing that Obama killed the big bad wolf Usama, while he was once again putting the screws to us via the Obama shuffle. One step forward, two steps back is the name of that jig. So who were the worthy to receive said waivers? Did you get yours? I didn't get mine! The link above will let you request one though. If you understand anything about politics and Obama, you may have a clue. You probably won't see this info forthcoming from the Lame Stream Media so lets take a gander.
Remember Pelosi? How could one ever forget this totally over the cliff woman from San Francisco. "We have to pass the bill so we can see what is in it" will always stick to her like flubber. It seems numerically odd that 1 out of 5 of the new 204 waivers issued by the Czarenna were doled out to businesses in Pelosi's district. Just a coincidence huh? The clapping queen at her best maybe? What types of businesses you ask? The type that really need it such as upscale eateries, nightclubs, hotels and bay cruise/ferry providers it seems. Charity cases once again it by all appearances.
Now just do the math here. That's in addition to the 27 new waivers generously granted to health care and drug companies. Compound that with the 31 new waivers also dispensed to the unions and if something doesn't seem wrong in Omaha to you then you need to dial 911 immediately. The whole thing stinks to high heaven. And you want Obama at the helm for 4 more years? I doubt your sanity if you feel that way. This is Chicago politics at its stinking worst. If this sort of thing is the cure to our health care woes, we're in deep kimchee without a pair of chop sticks.
Lets get back to San Fran for a sec. Ever heard of Boboquiviros restaurant? I have actually dined there once in my life. The menu includes porterhouse steaks cooked to your satisfaction for a mere $59. Or maybe you'd prefer a filet mignon for $39 or a crab feast for a paltry $35. Yes, they received a waiver. Or maybe we can stroll over to the Union Street district to Cafe des Amis for a more Parisian dining experience. I missed that on my last trip out there. You Hub Pages staffers might want to hurry and check it out. They say the food is exquisite but not the prices. They cried poor claiming that they were too destitute to pay the first year's cost of implementation, not to mention the ensuing years that will cost us even more. Where's my waiver Obama?
The stated reason for the granting of waivers seems rather simple though the process to obtain them seems to be in who you know. The theory is that companies can apply on a case-by-case basis and use a formula to determine if premium increases are going to go through the roof or if too many enrollees are going to lose their existing coverage due to the new provisions. Aren't those two things the very things that Obama told the American public were NOT going to happen, if we just passed the bill so that we can find out what is in it? So Pelosi soaks up 20% of the waivers granted just in April alone. Now we have another piece of the puzzle as to what is really in it and it has nothing to do with most of us. Justice being served? You tell me.
Here's a short list of San Francisco's finest establishments who received federal largess. Gosh what it must be like to be on the poor end of this fiasco:
Cafe Mason of Union Square Fame (put it in your browser to see the menu)
The Franciscan Crab place out on the Wharf (been there before) where the menu prices run from a meager $15 to $60 a plate got one of those coveted exceptions.
A mere 4 star hotel named Campton Place bellied up to the waiver bar as did a side kick called Hotel Nikko San Francisco. It modestly bills itself as "four diamond luxury right in the heart of San Francisco." Where's MY waiver Obama?
The best rated spa in San Fran, aptly named Tru Spa, was up next. What it must be like to be poor! Tru Spa's manager made a brief comment when contacted stating how Obasmacare and the newest of new health care regulations in San Fran had devastated the industry in Northern California. That's the same idiot who will probably enter the voting booth and punch Obama and Pelsoi's ticket in the next election cycle. He was discrete though and wouldn't divulge his name.
San Francisco Honda and Royal Motors group got added to waiver mania. The Blue and Gold Fleet which provides bay cruises and Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours jumped on board, no pun intended.
Care to wine, dine and dance in elegance? Try the Infusion Lounge on Ellis Street. This is how they describe their destitute selves: http://infusionlounge.com/concept/. Yes American taxpayer, they made the latest list. Or you can step down a bit to the Simco Restaurant chain in San Fran for more leisurely, waivered dining.
So here I sit broken hearted, applied for my waiver and only got ignored. But there is hope. There is always hope with Obama at the helm. The Preident's press secretary dismissed reporter's questions as insignificant as this practice was now standard operating procedure. It's all too easy for those with money and influence. It's a federal process. It goes like this. The first time you get one is for one year. The up side to that is that every year, until 2014, you can request an extension. You getting the picture yet about this scam in progress? And you want Obama for how many more years? It stunk to high heaven when they passed it and it smells even worse as we "find out what is in it" and the political exceptions attached to it.
Pelosi's office claims she had nothing to do with any of this. Of course "we have to pass a bill so we can see what's in it." And this woman got reelected?
Where's my waiver Obama? I applied! Just bend over America!
Out of the fog huh Nancy?
While the cat's away, Pelosi's marsh mice will play.
Have a great day and...
The Frog Prince