Teachers' Union Gets Waiver on Obamacare Rule

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The more we know about the Obama administration and ObamaCare, the more rot and corruption we find.
You and I must comply with every one of ObamaCare’s byzantine rules and regulations — but not a teachers’ union that’s one of The Fraud’s biggest supporters. So much for everyone being equal before the law. ARRGH!
H/t my friend Bob W. and beloved fellow Tina.

Teachers union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule

By Charles Hurt and Yoav Gonen – NY Post – October 8, 2010
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.”
While serving as president of the UFT and its parent group, the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten and her members endorsed Obama in 2008.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed questions about whether the waivers were approved as payback for past support. “I think that would be a charge that would be hard even for most to make,” Gibbs said. He also insisted that the exemptions — which also went to companies such as McDonald’s, Aetna, BCS Insurance Group, Denny’s and Jack in The Box — didn’t signal a flaw in ObamaCare regulations.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the waiver was simply a measure to buy the union time to see how its health-care costs would be affected this year.
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0 responses to “Teachers' Union Gets Waiver on Obamacare Rule

  1. So much for equality for all. We need to get him gone ASAP!
    Oh, to make it clear… I mean OUT of the WH and possibly to prison. As a Christian, I wish no ill on ANYONE’S life. I only pray for JUSTICE.

  2. Here is another great article on the companies that benefit from pushing for Obama.

  3. And again one have to ask “if it’s so great why aren’t YOU on it!?” if this cluster fark of a health care bill is so friggin awesome why are certain groups (congress, congress’s staff, the unions are being excluded?) Yes that is a rhetorical question as I know the answer.

    • Concur Will…if this health care reform crap is so “good” for Americans, why not EVERY American in the plan? Complete BS!!

  4. WHO / WHAT TV Media will publish on its TV website and verbally the 1000 groups who received Obama-care waivers? If 1000 organizations w/high percentage of unions receive Obama-care wavers, doesn’t that mean that Obama-care Bill is not good for all people? Just who is it good for? The poor don’t have high price lawyers who will get them exempt.
    N.B. At the git-go Congress and White House Administration were automatically exempt from Obama-care. If Congress and WH don’t want it how good could it be?


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