Why Every American Should Receive an ObamaCare Waiver

Why Every American Should Receive an ObamaCare Waiver

By U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann

Since its passage last year, over 1,300 ObamaCare waivers have been rewarded exempting nearly 3.1 million Americans out of the monstrous health care overhaul. With several hundred more waivers pending, the Obama Administration has decided it will no longer accept waiver applications after September 22 of this year. These waivers are extremely telling; if ObamaCare was truly the reform our healthcare system needs, why is the Administration allowing so many to opt out of the program?

It comes as no surprise that hundreds of companies are applying for waivers from ObamaCare. Business owners across the country continue to voice concern over how to implement the new ObamaCare rules without paying fines, laying off workers or even going bankrupt. As the book Why ObamaCare is Wrong for Americapoints out, “ObamaCare will lead to slower wage growth, fewer job opportunities, and more businesses going under.”

Yet, the waiver-granting process became increasingly questionable as companies applied for exemptions. It seemed that ObamaCare regulators were passing out waivers mostly to friends of the Administration. For instance, of the 204 waivers granted by the Administration in April, nearly twenty percent went to some of the finest restaurants and businesses within House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district. Even more jaw-dropping, of those 3.1 million individuals exempted from ObamaCare through waivers, over half – 1.55 million – are union members.

President Obama’s health care reform grows the size of government and increases its impact on our lives. According to Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America, ObamaCare sets in motion a massive federal bureaucracy with at least 159 new federal agencies, creates more than $500 billion in new taxes and will take $575 billion away from Medicare. In my view, it is time that every American, regardless of their relationship with the Administration, receives a permanent waiver from ObamaCare. I remain committed to working towards the complete repeal of this legislation.

Bachmann Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner to D.C.

On June 22, I welcomed Minnesota's Sixth District 2011 Congressional Art Competition winner, Brittany Moreno of Woodbury, MN to Washington, D.C.

Brittany, a sophomore at Woodbury High School, traveled to Washington, D.C. after winning the annual student competition with a mixed media painting titled, “Looking through Broken Glass,” depicting sail boats. A panel of judges selected Brittany’s artwork as the Sixth District winner earlier this spring.

It was a pleasure to welcome Brittany and her family to the U.S. Capitol. This is an incredible achievement for Brittany. I thanked her for sharing her talents and I wished her a great visit to our nation’s capital.

While in D.C., Brittany participated in several events for art competition winners including a lunch reception, ceremony, artist workshop and group photograph on the Capitol steps.

Brittany’s artwork will represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. Capitol until May 2012. Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has provided opportunities for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students throughout their districts. 

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As always, my casework staff can be reached during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, in either the Woodbury office at 651-731-5400 or in the Waite Park office at 320-253-5931.

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