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Mandate waiver for some low-income people

By AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says low-income residents in states that decide to opt out of a big Medicaid expansion in the new health care law will not risk federal penalties as anunintended consequence.

The Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health care law last week, including its requirement that virtually all Americans carry medical insurance. But the court gave states the option of saying no to a Medicaid expansion expected to provide coverage to more than 15 million people, mainly childless adults. Officials in some Republican-led states are already saying they'll opt out.

In a letter to governors Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said low-income residents in those states who would have been eligible for the coverage will not face the individual insurance mandate.

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  1. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    July 11, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    If it were only the low income people that got the wavers but instead it is the Unions and other backers of the Obama administration that are getting the waivers cutting even deeper into the pool of funds needed to make it work. And the waivers are not going to stop the tax increases that the health-care mandate is going to bring about in many areas not related to health care at all but what do they care they have theirs and it is not the same as what the citizens are going to be stuck with

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  2. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    July 11, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    If Kathleen Sebelius could figure a way to allow everyone that wants next to no cost or free helathcare to get a waiver she would be considered a patriot by the Democrat Party.

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  3. lwessonComment by lwesson
    July 11, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Are not Muslims given a waiver?

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  4. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    July 11, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    May I please have a waiver since the HHS mandate going into effect on August 1st that pays for contraceptives, abortificants and sterilization is against my faith and morals and so I won’t be able to have insurance because of it?

    I’m sure I already know the answer.

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  5. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    July 11, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Unions and Congress … they both have waivers.

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