Skip to comments.Teachers union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule
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."
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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...
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This is clearly the most corrupt administration of my lifetime.
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.
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others ...
So far McDonalds and the UTF get a pass on Obama Care. What about me?
Here are other possible exemptions.:
Anybody got the list of the entire 30 companies / Unions ?
Chicago cronyism strikes again.
And so it begins: the politization of health care.
Anyone not on the list is on the Cattle-Car list.
This pisses me off more than anyone can imagine. I’m sure I’m not alone. Let’s raise hell.
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.
And they don’t even try to hide it, knowing that nothing can be done to stop them.
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.
Congress firsts exempts itself completely, and now picks and chooses who else won't suffer.
I am with you.
I have always been impressed by these folks. They are in the trenches.
the infamous “Teapot Dome” scandal of the Harding admin. is chickenfeed compared to all the billions and trillions of corruption represented by the Obamanation
OHMYFREAKINALLAH - when the H#() is everyone going to THROW these morons out of office???
We are being screwed day in and day out.
Pays to be a big rich liberal with big rich liberal friends.
This is my shocked face.
Does this open the way for Equal Protection claims from those not getting waivers?
Thanks Obama and company!
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 (Dennys) (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)
I’ve got a better idea and it involves letting God sort em out.