By Sam Baker - 06/13/11 08:14 PM EDT
“I think if a person flunks health care 101, (he) doesn’t want everybody to know it,” Stearns told reporters.
HHS had denied 79 waiver requests as of mid-February. Unions made up the bulk of those early denials, despite Republican lawmakers’ suggestions that unions have benefitted disproportionately from the process. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) repeated that charge Monday, asking whether the administration’s political allies struck a “secret deal with the White House” to get waivers.
The administration has granted nearly 1,400 waivers.