Congressman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after news that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will no longer accept applications for waivers from the Democrats' health care law after September 22, 2011.
"The Obamacare waiver scandal has exposed the fact that the government takeover of health care broke the President's pledge that 'if you like what you have, you can keep it," Scalise said. "Many of the very same labor unions and other groups who lobbied to pass Obamacare then went secretly to the White House to cut a sweetheart deal and obtain a waiver from the very same law they fought to force on the rest of us.
"Now that we have exposed this scandal, the Administration has dealt yet another blow to our local businesses by denying waivers to any new applicants after grandfathering in their chosen friends. By handing out more than 1,400 waivers to their chosen friends, many of whom led the charge to pass Obamacare, the Obama Administration is admitting that their law will cost millions of American families to lose health care plans that they have and like. I support a full waiver to Obamacare for all American families, and that is called repeal of Obamacare!
"Not only is Obamacare unconstitutional, but it has also led to increased health care costs for families, while thousands of Americans have already lost health care coverage that they liked. This radical law, which was devised by cutting backroom deals and using deceptive budget gimmicks, also includes job-killing taxes, mandates, and reckless regulations that need to be repealed immediately and replaced with real reforms that lower costs while preserving the doctor-patient relationship and increasing options for families and patients."
During his speech at the Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, June 20, 2011, Scalise exposed the Obamacare waiver scandal and unveiled a list of all 1,433 waivers. The full list stretched more than 17 feet long.