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Teachers union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule
NewYork Post ^ | October 8, 2010 | CHARLES HURT, YOAV GONEN

Posted on 10/08/2010 3:55:32 PM PDT by opentalk

The United Federation of Teachers -- one of President Obama's key political backers -- is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday.

The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health coverage like everyone else.

The UFT was concerned that could have been a major financial hit on the union.

The one-year waiver, approved last month by the Department of Health and Human Services, covers all 351,000 members of the UFT's welfare fund, which provides health care and other benefits.

The UFT has the largest pool of affected employees of the 30 organizations that received waivers. The second largest was CIGNA with 265,000 members.

Critics have questioned the need for the exemptions, who got them, and why.

"Big labor spent millions of dollars pushing ObamaCare, which they made sure was stuffed full of union giveaways," said Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represents businesses.

"So the fact that the largest waiver now belongs to New York teachers union bosses might be funny if the rest of America wasn't stuck complying with the bill's onerous mandates."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalfarm; chicagopolitics; corruption; exemptions; healthcarebill; obamacare; teachersunion; uft; unions; votes

1 posted on 10/08/2010 3:55:36 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Obviously, if Obamacare is such a great deal (and it is not),then why would anyone want to be exempted??? The hypocrisy just goes on and on...


2 posted on 10/08/2010 4:00:28 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

he Honorable George C. Steeh was appointed United States District Judge in 1998 by President Clinton.
He previously served as a Macomb County Circuit Court Judge from 1990 until 1998, after serving for two years as a District Court Judge in Mt. Clemens. Judge Steeh received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1969, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1973.

Before being elected to the judiciary, and in addition to his several years in private practice, he served as First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Genesee County, as Macomb County Probate Court-Public Administrator, and as a member of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

Judge Steeh also has served as the Chairperson of the Macomb County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; as Founding Member and on the Board of the Child Advocacy Center of Macomb County; Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Comprehensive Youth Services; an active member of the Interfaith Council for Racial Justice;

((((((President of the Arab American Bar Association; )))))))and

member of the Boards of Directors of several other public service and charitable organizati


3 posted on 10/08/2010 4:06:02 PM PDT by goldendays (that)
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To: opentalk

This is clearly the most corrupt administration of my lifetime.


4 posted on 10/08/2010 4:09:46 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: opentalk

It drives me insane the way the commies who were demanding CommieCare are now out there demanding to be exempt from it! What the .....!!! The sleazeballs in the “Teachers” union were some of the loudest whiners out there demanding that ObamaCare be passed. They should be forced to suffer along with the rest of us.


5 posted on 10/08/2010 4:12:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Furlough the Congress!)
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To: Paved Paradise
Animal Farm

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others ...

6 posted on 10/08/2010 4:12:59 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

So far McDonalds and the UTF get a pass on Obama Care. What about me?


7 posted on 10/08/2010 4:18:50 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7
Bad bill.

Here are other possible exemptions.:

Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?

8 posted on 10/08/2010 4:31:44 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Anybody got the list of the entire 30 companies / Unions ?


9 posted on 10/08/2010 4:39:23 PM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: opentalk
and America takes another one in the........
rlmorel

10 posted on 10/08/2010 4:43:19 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: opentalk
i see law suits in the future...
11 posted on 10/08/2010 4:45:05 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: opentalk

Chicago cronyism strikes again.


12 posted on 10/08/2010 4:52:09 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: opentalk

And so it begins: the politization of health care.


13 posted on 10/08/2010 4:55:34 PM PDT by bkopto ("I like being President. And it turns out I'm pretty good at it." Barack Obama, February 2009)
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To: opentalk

Shocking.


14 posted on 10/08/2010 5:06:15 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 25 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: opentalk

Anyone not on the list is on the Cattle-Car list.


15 posted on 10/08/2010 5:24:28 PM PDT by Varsity Flight
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To: johniegrad

This pisses me off more than anyone can imagine. I’m sure I’m not alone. Let’s raise hell.


16 posted on 10/08/2010 6:42:26 PM PDT by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: opentalk

I hope everyone out there will write to their Reps after they are seated next year, and ask that this monstrosity be blocked or repealed. In the meantime every court in the land should be tied up with lawsuits against commie-care.


17 posted on 10/08/2010 6:43:55 PM PDT by kamikaze2000 (You can lead a liberal to truth, but you can't make him think.)
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To: johniegrad

And they don’t even try to hide it, knowing that nothing can be done to stop them.


18 posted on 10/08/2010 6:45:01 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: opentalk
And so it begins.

Unequal protection under the law.

People we like are granted exemptions, and people we don't are prosecuted to the max.

The seeds of anarchy are hereby sewn.

19 posted on 10/08/2010 6:47:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: chiller
“This pisses me off more than anyone can imagine. I’m sure I’m not alone. Let’s raise hell.”

Congress firsts exempts itself completely, and now picks and chooses who else won't suffer.

I am with you.

F’em

20 posted on 10/08/2010 6:48:46 PM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: opentalk

bump


21 posted on 10/08/2010 6:51:49 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: opentalk

I have always been impressed by these folks. They are in the trenches.

http://heritageforamerica.org/moneybomb/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2010-10-08-Msg2&utm_campaign=2010moneybomb


22 posted on 10/08/2010 6:52:51 PM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

the infamous “Teapot Dome” scandal of the Harding admin. is chickenfeed compared to all the billions and trillions of corruption represented by the Obamanation


23 posted on 10/08/2010 7:32:30 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: Enchante

OHMYFREAKINALLAH - when the H#() is everyone going to THROW these morons out of office???

We are being screwed day in and day out.


24 posted on 10/08/2010 7:53:54 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: opentalk

Pays to be a big rich liberal with big rich liberal friends.


25 posted on 10/08/2010 8:07:20 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: opentalk

This is my shocked face.


26 posted on 10/08/2010 9:04:27 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: opentalk

Does this open the way for Equal Protection claims from those not getting waivers?


27 posted on 10/08/2010 9:06:06 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: opentalk
In July, my health insurance premium increased 35% per monthwhile my benefits decreased. I got a very friendly letter from BCBS letting me know that it's all ok though because now my children will be covered till they are 26 and my lifetime benefit has no dollar cap. Not so reassuring though. My children have long been off of my coverage and I support limits to control excessive costs to insurance companies, who are after all in the business to make a profit (gasp)! The letter also let me know that now insurance companies could not deny me coverage based on pre-existing conditions. That doesn't apply to me either since keeping myself insured, even when I was unemployed, was always a priority.

Thanks Obama and company!

28 posted on 10/09/2010 2:37:09 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it's ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: taildragger

I couldn’t find a link for DHHS, but instead found this list at http://www.thepatriotsflag.com/2010/10/illegal-obamacare-waivers/.

Here is a list of the 30 companies that are getting the exemptions:

1. Fowler Packing Co. (39)
2. Baptist Retirement (127)
3. BCS Insurance (115,000)
4. Local 17 Hospitality Benefit Fund (881)
5. Greater Metropolitan Hotel (1200)
6. UFT Welfare Fund (351,000)
7. Aegis (162)
8. Maritime Association (500)
9. Aetna (209,423)
10. UABT (17,347)
11. Reliance Standard (varies)
12. QK/DRD (Denny’s) (65)
13. Guy C. Lee Mfg. (312)
14. I.U.P.A.T (875)
15. HealthPort (608)
16. Jack in the Box (1,130)
17. Allflex (34)
18. Transport Workers (107)
19. Tri-Pak (26)
20. Cryogenic (19)
21. Metro Paving Fund (550)
22. Health Connector (3,544)
23. Health and Welfare Benefit System (41)
24. PS-ILA (8)
25. PMPS-ILA (15)
26. Maverick County (1)
27. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc. (326)
28. GS-ILA (298)
29. Allied (127)
30. CIGNA (265,000)


29 posted on 10/09/2010 7:20:23 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Gabrial

I’ve got a better idea and it involves letting God sort em out.


30 posted on 10/11/2010 11:46:24 AM PDT by crosshairs (If I agreed with a liberal, then we would BOTH be wrong.)
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