Obama Interior Secretary nominee’s firm got an Obamacare waiver - how about you?
Revelations have come out today that Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Interior Secretary, received an Obamacare waiver for her company’s firm.
This comes as pro-life groups and religious organizations are unable to get a broad conscience exemption from the Obama administration to opt out of the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
The controversial waivers were issued to select companies after Obama’s health care reform bill passed in 2008, temporarily excusing them from the Obamacare health insurance mandates.
As Michelle Malkin noted in her May 2011 column, Jewell participated in an Obama administration roundtable in 2009 to talk about the benefits of health care reform.
After the roundtable meeting, President Obama praised the REI health plan for covering both part-time and full-time employees.
“Every single employee is covered, but part of the reason they’re able to do it is because they put a big emphasis on prevention and wellness,” Obama explained during his remarks.
On Friday, the Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold.
Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who wants to opt out.
Although the proposed revisions provide some additional protections for religiously-affiliated organizations, companies owned and operated by people with religious objections to the mandate are not included in the expanded exemption rules. ...