Chairman Graves and Rep. Ellmers Press Obama Administration On The Fairness Of ObamaCare Waivers

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Washington, Mar 22, 2011 | Darrell "DJ" Jordan, Wendy Knox (202-225-5821) | comments

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today sent a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a detailed explanation about the fairness, criteria and process for granting waivers to some of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Over the last year, Secretary Sebelius has handed out over 1,000 waivers from certain benefit requirements to select companies, unions and states.

Chairman Graves made the following statement on the anniversary of ObamaCare and the letter to Secretary Sebelius:

“ObamaCare is a poorly conceived law that drastically grows the government and imposes high taxes and overwhelming regulations on American small business owners. Any economic growth that our nation has, or would have, sustained over the past year has been severely slowed by this law.”

“At the one-year anniversary of ObamaCare, it is interesting that so many entities will have a break from the law’s burdensome mandates while other individuals and small businesses may not have the same privilege. If this law is so beneficial to the nation, why the need for so many waivers?”

“At a time when Washington should be focused on removing barriers for job creation, the Department of Health and Human Services shouldn’t be unfairly choosing who will and will not be oppressed by ObamaCare’s job-crushing mandates. I hope that the Obama Administration will take this concern seriously and I, along with thousands of small business owners, await a transparent response.”

Chairwoman Ellmers added, “As a nurse of twenty years, wife of a surgeon and owner of a wound clinic, I am not only aware of the problems that currently exist in the American health care system, I have seen them up close as a caregiver, a patient and a small business owner in the health care industry.   Unlike the remedy we were promised, ObamaCare has done nothing to improve the quality of health care in our country, and has already done significant damage to the economy.  I join Chairman Graves in asking for a full explanation of the waiver process, to ensure that individuals and small businesses are treated fairly.”

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