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There are now over 700 ObamaCare waivers

The new count of organizations granted waivers from employer health care requirements in the ObamaCare law has swelled from 222 in October to 729 through the end of December.  The Department of Health and Human Services was weeks late in posting the latest numbers (I wonder why?) and published them Wednesday, after the WTF SOTU.

Fred Lucas at CNS News did some research into the previous list of 222 waivers and noticed that three SEIU locals -- yes, the same union that has been by far Barack Obama's most visible supporter -- were among the groups asking for an exemption from President Obama's new employer health care requirements:

The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama's hometown of Chicago.

The waivers allow health insurance plans to limit how much they will spend on a policy holder's medical coverage for a given year. Under the new health care law, however, such annual limits are phased out by the year 2014. (Under HHS regulations, annual limits can be no less than $750,000 for 2011, no less than $1.25 million in 2012 and no less than $2 million in 2013.)

The SEIU, with more than 2 million members nationally, includes health care workers, janitors, security guards, and state and local government workers.

The three SEIU locals, covering a total of 36,064 enrollees, are covered by the federal waivers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS gave a waiver to Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees on Oct. 1, 2010; to Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees on Oct. 10, 2010; and to the SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees on Nov. 15, 2010.

So far, the Obama administration has issued waivers to 222 entities, including businesses, unions and charitable organizations. Of that total, 45 were labor organizations.

A total of 1,507,418 enrollees are now included in the waivers. More than one-third -- 512,315 - of the enrollees affected were insured by union health plans.

SEIU Local 1199's health plan put a $50,000 cap on medical expenses for its New Jersey nursing home workers, according to 1199 SEIU spokeswoman Leah Gonzalez. That's $700,000 under the 2011 limit stipulated by HHS regulations. (emphasis added)

Wow.  Or should I say, WFT?  When it comes to health coverage, McDonald's employees are probably better off than SEIU Local 1199 workers.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has announced that there will be Congressional investigations into the organizations that have been granted these waivers, which in his words represent "a perfect example of special interests having an 'in' in [the Obama] administration when they get those waivers."  I wish Congressional Republicans lots of luck in this venture.
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Comments (7)

Obama brought 'Pay to Play'... (Below threshold)

Obama brought 'Pay to Play' from Chicago to Washington.
He's giving us rubes the middle finger!

The plan has always been to... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The plan has always been to force the public to have to beg the government for favors. This puts people and businesses in the position of begging the government to keep their homes, jobs, etc.

People don't have to be part of the system to be controlled by it. This was only ever about control and only incidentally about healthcare.

<a href="http://www.hhs.gov... (Below threshold)
Here's the good news - the ... (Below threshold)

Here's the good news - the next Republican administration can grant blanket exemption from Obamacare to everyone.

But...but...but....these we... (Below threshold)

But...but...but....these were the same organizations touting how GREAT ObamaCare was.

As facts come out regarding... (Below threshold)

As facts come out regarding what's actually buried in the 2,000 page Obamacare monstrosity, which was rushed through the democratic congress, without being read first ... we are finding more and more pork, lies, and dramatic costs to the American people. It's like building a sky scraper on a rotten foundation. DID you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it? That's $3,800 on a $100,000 home etc. When did this happen? It's in the healthcare bill. Just thought you should know.
So, this is "change you can believe in"?
Under the new health care bill - did you know that all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax? The bulk of these new taxes don't kick in until 2013 If you sell your $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. This bill is set to screw the retiring generation who often downsize their homes. Does this stuff make your 2012 vote more important?
Oh, you weren't aware this was in the obama-care bill? Guess what, you aren't alone. There are more than a few members of Congress that aren't aware of it either REPEAL THIS TURKY NOW !!!

Search on the web "W... (Below threshold)

Search on the web "Wise Health Insurance" if you have a condition such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, cancer, depression or have had an injury, like a broken leg and need health Insurance NOW.






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