Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is co-sponsoring a bill that allows all Americans, not just companies and unions, the right to a waiver to become exempt from portions of President Obama's new health care reform law.
"You shouldn't have to belong to a union or corporation to be granted a waiver to the new health care reform law," said Roberts. "I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation that will allow any Kansan who wants a waiver to have one and escape some of the tumultuous provisions of this burdensome law that will increase premium costs and diminish choices."
The WAIVE Act will allow every American the opportunity to apply for a waiver to be exempt from portions of the health care reform law. The waivers would be no different than the ones that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been granting to companies and unions throughout the country.
The bill was introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) earlier this week and is co-sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R-Tenn), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
Under the act, anyone can submit a waiver seeking relief from any, or all, of the health care law's mandates. The waivers will also be granted to those who show the law is either increasing their premiums or decreasing their access to benefits.
So far, HHS has granted nearly 1,500 employer waivers covering over 3.2 million people. Half of those went to people who receive their health care coverage through unions.