GOP bill would expand health plan waivers

March 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- A Republican member of Congress has introduced a bill that would allow individuals to apply to be exempt from the new U.S. healthcare law.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Thursday he was inspired by the large number of waivers granted corporate and union healthcare plans, The Hill reported. As of Thursday, 1,040 plans had been given one-year exemptions to the ban on coverage limits.

"If the SEIU gets a waiver and McDonald's gets a waiver, shouldn't the average person who's impacted by this get a waiver, too?" the congressman asked.

Other Republicans say the waivers show the Affordable Care Act needs to be scrapped. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been investigating the waivers.

"The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed," he said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the waivers are a temporary fix as parts of the plan take effect. The administration fears some companies and unions with "mini-med plans" might simply stop offering health insurance if forced to scrap limits on coverage.

Topics: Mike Rogers
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Pakistan PM Nawaz in hiding, death toll reaches 11
Boy being treated for brain tumor taken from hospital
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria killing seven
Obamas attend wedding of personal chef
Lesotho military allegedly takes control of government buildings
Trending News