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Maine Granted Three-Year Waiver From Obamacare Premium Regulation

March 11, 2011 by  

Maine granted three-year waiver from Obamacare premium regulationMaine has become the first State to receive an exemption to a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

According to media reports, the Federal government has granted the Pine Tree State a three-year waiver on the requirement that health insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premiums on patient care. Insurers in Maine will have to spend only 65 percent of premiums on patients, and the rest can go toward profits and administrative costs.

Steve Larsen, the deputy administrator of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, concluded that Obamacare's premium expenditure rule "has a reasonable likelihood of destabilizing the Maine individual health insurance market." The waiver will last through 2013.

Bloomberg reports that New Hampshire, Nevada and Kentucky have also applied for exemptions to the 80 percent rule. The government is still reviewing those requests.

On March 8, the Obama administration formally appealed a Federal judge's ruling in Florida that deemed the legislation unConstitutional. In January, District Judge Roger Vinson became the second justice to rule against the individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or face fines. However, Vinson was the first to invalidate the entire law.

The appeal will go to the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, according to Reuters. The battle over Obamacare is expected to reach the Supreme Court. 

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  • s c

    This might sound like a good idea on the surface, but I’ll be greatly surprised if this isn’t another way for The Anointed One to buy votes and put another nail in freedom’s coffin in America. Trojan Horse. Poison Pill. Pandora’s Box. C r a p. Any way you care to spell it, some people just can’t be trusted to honor an oath and deserve respect at the
    same time.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      this is another bit of proof of the lie to eddies statement that all will benefit by Nobummer care EQUALLY!!!! Some pay, some are excused from paying!!! nothing equal about that at all!!

      • s c

        JoeH, I need to alter my response a bit. I don’t much give a royal crap what E says. If he doesn’t haven’t his head rammed up his opinion, it’s quite a first-rate imitation.
        As for Herr Obummer, he’s using an old Roman divide and conquer tactic. The only people who will be fooled by this are Obummer’s robot Nazis. The people of Maine need to tell Herr Obummer to take his healthcare scam and shove it. And he can take his implied offer of free and unlimited brownshirts and shove them, too.

  • bsfurg

    they are actually called BRIBES not waivers. so how can maine be proud to get the BRIBE…obama is still trying to destroy America and hes doing a hell of a job by the looks of it and he has 2 more years to do it.. I thought the congress run the country…is sounds like obama does it with out congress..

    • lkar

      He is the chief executive. So he can manage the implementation and enforcement of the bill. So given this reality, his speech about those evil corporations would justly apply to himself and his adminstartion! So it would seem that your term of Bribe seems to fit as well.

      • Kate8

        I’d like to know why anyone even bothers with going through the lower courts since, if they don’t like the decisions they get, they just ignore them.

        Obama seems to think he’s not bound by the law (and why not. He’s gotten away with holding the presidency). Even after a solid ruling of unConstitutionality, he thumbs his nose at our system and continues implementation.

        That’s because Obamacare is a digital control system which is a critical part of the NWO. It insures absolute control over the lives of every person, every detail known about you at the swipe of a scanner. And be sure, EVERYTHING is known about you.

        Big Brother is watching, and is about to play rough.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          i think the reason he’s ignoring it is that he is timing it to go before a majority of liberal appointed SC judges so it will be judged constitutional!! watch and see if it doesn’t happen! People get sick, go on vacations, have things to do besides their jobs all the time!!

          • Kate8

            Joe H. – True. But you have to think about why they are pushing this thing sooooo hard, against the loud cry of the people, against the rulings of the courts, and against the protests and actions of the states.

            There is a great deal riding on this for them, and Obama’s willing to defy the nation to do it. Just because he can get some activist judges to rule in his favor doesn’t make it any more Constitutional. It just makes the judges treasonous.

            If Obama really cared about what the people want, he’d let this go. But he’s like a pitbull that has its teeth sunk into the nation’s neck, and he’s shaking it for all it’s worth.

          • JC

            Excellent Point Kate,
            Yes it makes the (so called) President himself AND the activist Judges
            a bunch of Treasonous Anti-Patriots.
            They should all be fired.

            On the other side…the “American side”…we have Ron Paul working to end the mandate for compliance to KommieKare and Michelle Bachmann working to de-fund it.

            God Speed to them both.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    America be afraid; be very afraid. Life as we know it is changing now. He promised change and it’s the one thing he delivered on!

    • JC

      Castro promised “change” too…Birds of a Feather?

  • B. Holmes

    Plan a trip to Maine in your vacation-future and see why Maine needs an exemption. They are exempt from the United States….you are back in the 1940′s, and it’s kinda fun to remember the olden days. Also it’s ideal for antiques. They’re so accustomed to having the rest of the United States take care of them, they do not know they might be able to create their own economy. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will remind you, daily that they cannot. It really never occurred to them. They do have air service in to Portland. Hurrah!

  • Howard Roark

    The socialist,marxist, communist are usually the first to cry equal protection under the law. (which is true) unless it does not give them an advantage. It hardly seems equal for some to get waivers and not others. Judge Vinson is correct. the whole bill was and is a total fraud.

  • Ted Crawford

    This might just be payback to Snowe. I seem to recall that it was her vote that allowed this mess out of Committee in the first place. If not for that vote we might have been spared this abomination!


    If this man/child keeps giving waivers and exemptions to states and corporations, he is going to gut his own bill. His actions would seem to reinforce the court rulings against the constitutionality of his bill. His fundamental change of our legal way of life is a good reason for people demanding his resignation. We have already wasted enough money in his administration, and resigning will be less costly than the never ending impeachment process.

  • http://com i41

    Any body who didn’t realize Onumnutts was a marxist, a muslim, a moron, and a anti American either doen’t read anything, see any of Onumnutts books, check in to Onumnutts friends and close perverted domestic terrorist buddies. Anyone that defends or voted for this jug eared jackass, should be tried for teason and mental incompetancey.

  • JJM

    How can I apply for a waiver? Of course with a payroll of 3 and zero donations to Dems, I’m sure it will be denied.
    We need a posting by Personal Liberty how to apply for waivers so all small businesses can apply. Then we might be able to determine if these are granted politically, randomly, or honestly.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Push your reps and HARD!!! DEFUNDING IS ABOUT OUR ONLY HOPE!!!

  • Dan az

    Cut his leash and he might just runaway!

  • chuckb

    joe h, the only hope is removing barry from office.

  • Charles

    Boy, I wonder how many states will be left to fund Obama care.
    I think the left wing goons know, we are onto them and that we can`t afford Obama care and they know, they made a big mistake by shoving
    it down our throats. What about the 105 billion that was found tucked
    away in the bill by Obama,Reid and Pelosi. Not even their own Congressmen knew about it. It by passed congress.Every person, Dems,
    as well as Repub. should write, call, email and demand that this money should be paid back to the American people and put toward our deficiet.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Yeah good idea, let me know how far you get on it with Nobummer on the throne!!!

  • Charles

    Joe H,
    I`m sorry to say, not very far.


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