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Who Got Obamacare Waivers?

I was going to do this myself, but these folks did it better. The Sunlight Foundation reporting group has published an analysis of which groups have received Obamacare waivers.

It looks like a pretty mixed bag of outfits to me. I can’t see any rhyme or reason to the waivers. Some are just strange: Aetna received an exemption for plans that it offers to firms with more than 209,000 enrollees. So, what happens when a firm with 210,000 enrollees closes a plant and the headcount drops to 200,000? It loses its waiver, too?

Also, note that these waivers are for one year, i.e., most will be expiring in the first quarter of 2012, and the scrambling to defer the pain of Obamacare will begin again — just in time for election season.

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