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Big labor's ObamaCare escape hatch
NY Post ^ | January 28, 2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 01/29/2011 2:50:09 AM PST by Scanian

President Obama's storytellers re cently launched a White House blog series called "Voices of Health Reform," where "readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law." I propose a new series: "Voices of Health Reform Waivers," where taxpayers can meet all the politically connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-ObamaCare passes -- after squandering millions of their workers' dues to lobby for the law from which they are now exempt.

At the end of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services had granted some 222 temporary waivers to businesses small and large, insurers, labor and other organizations that offer affordable health insurance or prescription-drug coverage with limited benefits. On Wednesday, the agency quietly updated its online list, which now reveals a whopping total of 729 ObamaCare escapees -- in addition to four states, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee -- who collectively cover about 2.1 million enrollees.

At least one eyebrow-raising waiver recipient -- the nationalized-health-care-promoting Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- has direct ties to the White House. Obama health-care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle sits on the foundation's board of trustees.

And one-fourth of all the waivers (182) so far have gone to Big Labor groups.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: businesses; healthcare; insurers; obamacare; temporarywaivers; unions

1 posted on 01/29/2011 2:50:14 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
...I propose a new series: "Voices of Health Reform Waivers," where taxpayers can meet all the politically connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-ObamaCare passes... - Michelle Malkin
Looks like Michelle played MONOPOLY, too!


2 posted on 01/29/2011 3:01:31 AM PST by RonDog
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To: Scanian
Let me be the first UAW member to add my two cents.

We just negotiated a new contract in December. We will be keeping our health care coverage intact as it was.

I would call our coverage as an "Impala" plan, not a "Cadallac" coverage at all.

We have been paying $14 per week with a $20 copay on office visits and $10 on scripts. Not bad.

Soon we'll be paying $40 per week, copay will go up I'm not sure what it will go up to, you see, these brilliant union brothers and sisters of mine agreed to a contract that is not yet written on paper.

Man the union way is a wonderful thing.

3 posted on 01/29/2011 3:04:29 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: exnavy

I pay $1900 a month for health,not including dental which is another bill. Most people i know pay from 1k to 2k a month. As you can see,even $100 a week would be tiny in comparison.


4 posted on 01/29/2011 3:10:43 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Scanian

Without waivers who would support this? I for one would like an investigation as to whether any of these waivers were discussed before the bill passed.


5 posted on 01/29/2011 3:13:40 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

It was reported that big insurance companies and big pharma met in private with Zer0 beforehand. It isn’t hard to imagine that favoritism was promised in exchange for support.


6 posted on 01/29/2011 3:16:00 AM PST by Scanian
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To: wiggen
Oh yes, please understand. Mine is not a complaint.

The union coworkers next to me say we have to have obamacare because the healthcare costs are "to high".

My mother-in-law buys her own healthcare as do others in my family.

I consider myself blessed to have what I have. My coworkers, however, complain of our cost.

7 posted on 01/29/2011 3:19:59 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: exnavy
No sympathy from me without knowing what you get for your $40/week. I have heard endless stories about the "Cadillac" plans UAW employees and retirees enjoy. Do you have coverage for health, dental, vision, hearing, etc.? Do you continue to receive your health benefits when you retire? If so, how much does it cost you then? Do you go on Medicare at age 65? If so, do you get a paid supplemental account? Do you receive dental, hearing, vision, etc. for life?

Maybe you aren't aware that most of us, upon retirement, have to purchase our own health plan until Medicare age. The large majority of people, after leaving the work place, never have dental, vision and hearing coverage. Of course, old age is when those become major expenses - hearing aids, dental implants/dentures, etc.

8 posted on 01/29/2011 3:42:48 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: wiggen
I for one would like an investigation as to whether any of these waivers were discussed before the bill passed.

Why do you think the ability to grant waivers was included in the first place?

If the law is so great, it should not require a waiver system.

9 posted on 01/29/2011 4:03:11 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: exnavy

I play bunco with a gal that is married to a county employee. The other night she was griping because the county now wants them to pay $400 a month instead of the current $200 per month for a family of 5. I told her.....what a deal! She looked at me like I was nuts so I explained to her how mine and hubbies insurance alone had run over $1200 a mnth. She shut up real quick when she found out she was going to get no sympathy.


10 posted on 01/29/2011 4:18:37 AM PST by sheana
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To: Scanian

Not what i meant. Those meetings were pretty well documented in the media. Far more interested in whether say SEIU met up with the white house and said something to the effect of,”We’ll need some waivers for our support since many of our members will be hurt by this law.”


11 posted on 01/29/2011 4:18:46 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: exnavy

$14 a week? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Do you have any idea what the rest of us pay?

Sure as hell sounds like you have a Cadillac plan to me!


12 posted on 01/29/2011 4:30:15 AM PST by dinodino
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To: wiggen

How about Andy Stern’s dozens of visits to the WH?

I’m sure they were doing more than shooting the shiite.


13 posted on 01/29/2011 5:09:10 AM PST by Scanian
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To: dinodino

Issa hearings, why did you support Obamacare and get a waiver?


14 posted on 01/29/2011 5:10:14 AM PST by scooby321
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To: scooby321

What in the world gave you the idea I supported Obamacare and got a waiver?


15 posted on 01/29/2011 5:20:30 AM PST by dinodino
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To: Scanian

Thats exactly the sort of meeting i’m referring to. Was anything promised


16 posted on 01/29/2011 5:27:24 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Scanian

With everyone opting out of zerocare sounds like the only thing left of zerocare will be a tax on all Americans for something that doesnot exist and they have another slush fund to play with.


17 posted on 01/29/2011 5:34:28 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V.........................................FOR VOMIT)
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To: ronnie raygun

I pay over $400 a year for “Under-insured and Un-insured “ motorists in my state. What makes one think we will not pay more and more for the parasites to have healthcare?


18 posted on 01/29/2011 5:37:58 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: dinodino

Yep. Funny to see GM employees moan about their plan. Some of us have to do without.


19 posted on 01/29/2011 5:49:39 AM PST by BenKenobi (one of the worst mistakes anybody can make is to bet against Americans.")
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To: Scanian

While those of us who are Senior Citizens are stuck on Medicare, which pays the doctor so little they don’t want us as patients.


20 posted on 01/29/2011 5:57:04 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT
Our dental plan is very good on the preventative side, costly for repair or replacement of teeth. Vision cover very little.

Please understand my point, I'm not complaining. My coworkers are whining about the change in coverage.

And we will possibly be exempt from obamacare when the time comes.

I don't like what obamacare does to our medical industry. And many of the folks around me are clueless to what some people have to pay.

By the way the only Cadillac plans I am aware of anymore here in Michigan are a part of the teachers unions, the UAW has nothing like what they used to get.

21 posted on 01/29/2011 7:04:03 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: dinodino

See post 21, and understand I am very thankful for the plan I have, I am telling you all that my coworkers, all democrat, are complaining of the “extra cost”.


22 posted on 01/29/2011 7:06:36 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

Oh yes, almost forgot, NO COVERAGE in our retirement plan.


23 posted on 01/29/2011 7:08:04 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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