In what’s appearing to be a last-minute move to avoid scrutiny, President Barack Obama’s administration announced late Friday that it is doing away with Obamacare waivers.

Obama administration official Steve Larsen said no new applications, or waiver renewal applications, will be accepted after Sept. 22 this year. Larsen said politics was “absolutely not” a part of the decision to do away with the controversial program, but it certainly looks that way with the decision to dump the news on Friday. It’s a common public relations practice to roll news out late on Fridays when trying to shift attention away from controversial topics.

As Colin Hanna of conservative group Let Freedom Ring points out, the administration still hasn’t answered why it denied waiver applications it did.

Hanna also expects that the administration’s sudden decision to do away with the controversial program is an attempt to avoid having to answer to lack of transparency criticisms.

“The Obama Administration’s termination of the yearly waiver process is a clear attempt to avoid the public’s outcry each and every time a waiver has been granted to Americans arbitrarily deemed as ‘special,’” Hanna told TheDC. “Such childish hiding isn’t an act of a leader, but of a self-concerned politician.”

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