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InsiderOnline Blog: November 2010

Regulations Protect—Except When They Don’t

Many of the regulations contained in the Obamacare law were supposed to protect consumers from insurers offering health plans that are less comprehensive than what the government thinks consumers should buy. But lately, the Department of Health and Human Services has been pretty busy protecting consumers from these very regulations. Since September, according to a report in the New York Times, HHS has issued 111 waivers to the law’s regulations on insurance plans. Those waivers affect insurance plans that collectively cover 1.2 million people.

Without the waivers, companies like McDonalds would not be able to continue offering the limited but affordable plans that its workers could afford. So what’s the problem with passing regulations and then letting bureaucrats decide on a case-by-case basis when those regulations should be waived? That set-up makes the government the arbiter of what’s in the consumer’s interest, rather than the consumer spending his own money.

Posted on 11/15/10 02:18 PM by Alex Adrianson

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