Union Leadership Denies Half A Million Members Access To Better, More Affordable Healthcare

Well, at least that’s what I’m getting from this Daily Caller story:

Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.

By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.

The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of controversial news reports, including The Daily Caller’s story that nearly 20 percent of last May’s waivers went to businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district in California.

This of course was on top of the 1500 or so waivers handed out before the new rules were implemented.  Those waivers affected over 3 million employees, over half of which were union members.

If the Administration’s claims about ObamaCare are true, then this is a huge scandal.  Why would unions work with the Obama Administration to deny their members access to better quality, more affordable health care?

And if the opposite is true – the ObamaCare rules have made health coverage much more complicated and expensive – and unions that supported health care reform in principle want no part of the actual law as passed, then the story is even bigger.  The mainstream media should be pushing the Administration on this issue.  It is an election year, after all, and the American people have the right to be informed about the issues.

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  • GarandFan

    “The mainstream media should be pushing the Administration on this issue.”

    Hahahahaha!  Yeah.  The same MSM that was more concerned about investigating the Republican VP candidate’s background than they were the liberal presidential candidate.

    As for the unions, the same folks who pushed ObamaCare now try to avoid it as long as possible.  Guess they’ll be lining up their campaign contributions while hinting that 3 or 4 more years of waivers wouldn’t hurt.

    • jim_m

      As for the unions, the same folks who pushed ObamaCare now try to avoid it as long as possible.

      That’s because the point was not to provide cheaper health care or better health care, but to expand governmental control over 1/6th of the economy.  The pay off for unions is already being seen as some states are already passing laws requiring he forced unionization of health care workers.

      The only sick that are being taken care of by obamacare are the ailing unions and their declining funding and memberships.

  • 914

    Barry’s dreams for America bear their foreboding fruit! Stephene bends over!