There is no justifiable reason for the 111 companies to be exempt from Obamacare law while thousands of others are not. The waivers are favors and nothing less.
The message conveyed is that you can avoid the law by making application to the government. Visions of an open door for corruption fly at you with the speed of a lightening bolt. It is also obvious that size matters. Big business has the knowledge and clout for obtaining favors from Washington that smaller companies do not.
The waivers are just another in a series of acts of subrogating the rule of law to executive and congressional dictate. We saw it when Chrysler bondholders were deprived of their rights under established bankruptcy law. We see it when cities and states publicly state their refusal to obey Federal immigration law and no consequences ensue, not even verbal condemnation from the Department of Justice. On the contrary, when a state steps in to carry out the law, federal law, the federal government sues the state!
Breakdown of rule of law is seen at the local level as well. Voter intimidation at the poling place and various police departments refusal to respond to reports of certain crimes are examples. When respect for the law breaks down the criminal element gains and everyone else loses. In order for respect for the law to be maintained, laws must be enforced, corrected or repealed.