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ObamaCare's Union Favor: White House may [illegally] let Big Labor dodge a reinsurance tax
Wall St. Journal ^ | November 17, 2013

Posted on 11/17/2013 9:06:32 PM PST by grundle

The Affordable Care Act's greatest hits keep coming, and one that hasn't received enough attention is a looming favor for President Obama's friends in Big Labor. Millions of Americans are losing their plans and paying more for health care, and doctors are being forced out of insurance networks, but a lucky few may soon get relief.

Earlier this month the Administration suggested that it may grant a waiver for some insurance plans from a tax that is supposed to capitalize a reinsurance fund for ObamaCare. The $25 billion cost of the fund, which is designed to pay out to the insurers on the exchanges if their costs are higher than expected, is socialized over every U.S. citizen with a private health plan. For 2014, the fee per head is $63.

The unions hate this reinsurance transfer because it takes from their members in the form of higher premiums and gives to people on the exchanges. But then most consumers are hurt in the same way, and the unions have little ground for complaint given that ObamaCare would not have passed in 2010 without the fervent support of the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the rest.

The unions ought to consider this tax a civic obligation in solidarity with the (uninsured) working folk they claim to support. Instead, they've spent most of the last year demanding that the White House give them subsidies and carve-outs unavailable to anyone else.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; obamacare; obamacarepremiums; obamacaresubsidies; unions
The President has zero legal authority to change laws that were passed by Congress.
1 posted on 11/17/2013 9:06:33 PM PST by grundle
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2 posted on 11/17/2013 9:11:17 PM PST by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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"The law is what I write on a piece of paper"

saddam hussein

3 posted on 11/17/2013 9:17:07 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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And that nothing. He will do what he wants and the GOPe will do nothing but bluster.


4 posted on 11/17/2013 9:20:14 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: grundle

It would be nice if some Republican lawmaker were to bring up a new bill to prevent this from happening.


5 posted on 11/17/2013 9:21:32 PM PST by rawhide
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“The President has zero legal authority to change laws that were passed by Congress.”

Sure he does...
Don’t you understand by now that NOTHING is illegal, immoral, or unconstitutional if Done-While-Democrat??

Just ask anyone at NBC/MSNBC/Pacifica/PBS/CBS/ABC/CNN/AP/CSPAN/PRN/WashPost/NYTimes, etc about this.

(Can you just imagine the 24/7 media outcry were it a Republican engaging in this king of blatant cronyism?)


6 posted on 11/17/2013 9:35:32 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: grundle

Even five years after the rule of law disappeared, I still miss it.


7 posted on 11/18/2013 2:41:51 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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equal protection under the law was simply a quaint notion of days gone by...
8 posted on 11/18/2013 7:29:43 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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And let's not fail to recognize another astonishing part of this story! Many of the plans are considered "Cadillac" plans. They are extremely generous, covering tons more stuff than an ordinary American's employer plan. Also, most union workers are allowed to stay on their plans after they "retire early". Yep! Retire at age 53, 12 years short of Medicare, and you get to stay on the union's plan.

The plans also cover vision and dental! And, the lousy unions are boohooing about having to pay the Obamacare tax that all the rest of us will have to pay!

9 posted on 11/19/2013 12:46:39 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (November can't come soon enough!)
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