Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More Big Companies, Unions Win Health Care Waivers

This is truly the liberal way, lets force something on everyone but ourselves. If this wasn't so damn tragic it would be funny. unions who fought to force this on us are now exempt, how in the hell is that even possible? It would seem like they should be the first ones strapped with this monster.

If this obamacare mess isn't good enough for unions, Waffle House and McDonald's why should the rest of us have to be forced to comply?

Read the article below and check out the cast of characters that are now exempt from obamacare. The part that pisses me off the most is that many on this list were huge obama supporters. I guess it really does pay to buy politicians. obama is the most "purchased" politician I have ever seen. It seems to be quite a pattern...

Here is a list of the unions exempt from obamacare and the number of members in each... I don't want to sound like I am complaining about the individual union members, because I'm not. I'm sure they are relieved that obamacare doesn't apply to them, I would be. But the union thug leadership fought to get this passed and now are suddenly exempt? This is bullshit...

1. Bricklayers Local 1 of MD, VA and DC: 1,985 members

2. International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Health and Welfare Fund - Local 713: 861 members
3. Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund, Local 1102: 500 workers
4. Amalgamated Welfare Fund: 1,384 members
5. Local 1102 Health & Benefit Fund: 4,642 members
6. Local 1102 Welfare Fund-- Lerner Employees: 245 members
7. Local 338 Affiliated Benefit Funds: 18,209 members
8. Operating Engineers Local 835 Health and Welfare Fund: 576 members
9. Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Health and Welfare Fund: 4,729 members
10. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 New Hampshire: 148 members
11. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 630 Welfare Fund: 1,166 members
12. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000: 3,855 members
13. 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund: 4,544 members
14. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Local No. 52: 1,547 members
15. Social Service Employees Union Local 371: 34,000 members
16. United Food and Commercial Workers Union (Mount Laurel, NJ): 4,100 members
17. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1459: 1,400 members
18. United Food and Commercial Workers and Participating Employers Interstate Health and Welfare Fund: 9,780 members
19. Laborers' International Union of North America Local Union No. 616 Health and Welfare Plan: 188       members
20. Service Employees Benefit Fund: 1,297 members
21. UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust: 68 members
22. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1995: 2,779 members
23. Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund: 2 members
24. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund: 534 members
25. UFCW Local 227: 1,125 members
26. UFCW Maximus Local 455: 59 members
27. Local 25 SEIU: 31,000 members
28. UFCW Local 1262: 5,390 members
29. Local 802 Musicians Health Fund: 1,801 members
30. Transport Workers: 107 members
31. Service Employees International Union Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund: 520 members
32. Teamsters Local 522 Welfare Fund Roofers Division: 270 members
33. Cleveland Bakers Teamsters: 1,000 members
34. DC Cement Masons Welfare Fund: 225 members

From FoxNews

The Obama administration has allowed 222 employers, insurers and unions to opt out of a key mandate in the new health care law – a number that has grown exponentially in the past two months.

Employers like McDonald's, Waffle House and Universal Orlando are among the companies that have received a one-year waiver, allowing them to maintain minimal coverage below the new law's standards.

The list has grown significantly since October, when 30 companies had waivers, and has doubled since early November. Taken together, the companies cover more than 1.5 million people, including 34 unions with more than 140,000 members.

Other companies and unions that received waivers include Ruby Tuesday, AMB Bowling Worldwide, and the local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Health and Welfare Fund and the Teamsters.

Although the waivers are to last one year, groups can apply to extend them until 2014.

Many unions had fought hard for health reform and were dismissive about fears that companies would simply dump their coverage if health reform passed. But unions are now demanding to be exempt from the new law.

Many of the nation’s biggest unions also had backed President Obama's campaign. Early in the health-reform debate, unions won exemptions to the tax on so-called Cadillac health-care plans -- those with the most generous benefits.

Workers affected by these exemptions are now left to wonder whether their low-cost health-insurance plans will continue to provide the coverage they need.

Companies who do not get waivers are left wondering whether it's fair that they must follow the health-reform rules and regulations that every other company in the United States must follow, while their competitors who got waivers do not.

Taxpayers are left wondering if it will be just as easy for them to get waivers on the individual mandate, which says everyone must buy health coverage or pay an annual fine, anywhere from $750 per person to not more than $2,250 per household.

The federal government began granting waivers from a part of the health-reform law in September when it gave the fast-food chain McDonald’s an exemption on its mini-med plans, paid for by the company.

Mini-med plans cover part-time and low-wage workers. McDonald’s threatened to drop its mini-med plans, covering 30,000 workers, if it did not receive an exemption.

The problem centers around a section of the new health-reform law that says a percentage of insurance premiums must now be spent on actual benefits. The new law says beginning next year, at least 80% to 85% of premium revenue must be spent on medical care coverage.

Democrats had fought for this new provision to stop insurers from purportedly doing things like using premium revenue to pad their wallets with executive salaries, or wasting those revenues on marketing and other administrative costs that elected officials argued don’t do much to directly help patients.

But the government gets to define what are lawful expenditures on health-care coverage, and potentially what are lawful salaries and administrative costs -- administrative costs which could pay for important cost-saving things like disease management that actually drive overall expenses lower.

McDonald's and other companies had argued that this new requirement in the law, dubbed the “medical loss ratio," was too onerous for their mini-med plans.

They said that such plans always typically have high administrative costs because their workforce tends to turn over much more frequently.

And because these plans tend not to cost too much, those administrative costs often look outsized in comparison and would put them above the threshold for what sums must now be spent on medical care under the new law.