Theodore's World: Maine Granted Waiver Of A Key Provision In Obama's Socialized Medicine 'Obamacare'

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March 09, 2011

Maine Granted Waiver Of A Key Provision In Obama's Socialized Medicine 'Obamacare'

Maine gets break in federal health care overhaul


PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state's market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire.

In seeking the waiver, Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman feared that one of three major insurers offering individual plans in Maine would withdraw from the market altogether if the federal requirement remained in place. The insurer, MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co., has 37 percent of the state's individual market.

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Wild Thing's comment........

The people that voted for obama are the ones that should beb paying for this socialized medicine. WE did not ask for it,. and WE did not vote for obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Time to convene a Death Panel on the entire law.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 9, 2011 05:48 AM


Hmmm! Maine, two Rino senators. Something odd here. I don't know??

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at March 9, 2011 10:38 AM

Jeannette d 'Arc was a saintly warrior for France against the Anglo-Burgundians in 1429 and 1430 Wild Thing. You are the same WARRIOR for Bear Nation having to keep US informed 24 x 7 and 365 days a year, with 366 in February 2012 - about the enemy!


Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 9, 2011 12:53 PM

Thats the same thing I was thinking Tom Snowe and collins perfect for two added Senate democrats.

Posted by: Mark at March 9, 2011 05:36 PM

Tom, yes it is weird like a set up or something.

Darth, love you too!!

Mark, oh wow that's right Snowe and Collins, they might have made a deal or something. Vote it in then get this waiver.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 10, 2011 01:12 AM