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04-02-2011, 08:11 AM
New Health Law Waivers
8:32 am April 2, 2011, by Jamie Dupree

The Obama Administration has rolled out another 129 waivers to one provision of the new health reform law, with almost half of those new exemptions going to various union groups.

The extra waivers bring the total to 1,168, giving businesses, health plans, unions and others an exemption from a portion of the law that in 2011 requires an annual benefit limit of no less than $750,000.

In other words, these 1,168 waivers allow companies to limit health insurance payouts to less than $750,000 - those annual benefit limits will be phased out by 2014.

The waivers now cover almost three million Americans, but the feds argue that is "less than 2 percent of all Americans who have private health insurance.

Almost half of the new round of waivers were given to union health benefit programs, a fact that is sure spur new complaints from health law critics in the Congress, who see these waivers as evidence that the Obama health plan is flawed.

Among the unions that were recently approved for waivers:

Teamsters Local 237 in New York, covering over 51,000 workers
Carpenters District Council of Kansas City Welfare Plan, for 20,898 workers
Southeastern Iron Workers, for 5,143 policies
Minneapolis Retail Meat Cutters and Food Handlers for 10,720
the Fulton Fish Market Welfare Fund for 1,211
Among the non-union recipients of new waivers, those included very average sounding businesses like the Mary Cariola Children's Center in Rochester, NY, the Tumex Corporation of Yuma, Arizona, Belo Tank Xpress and Lexus of Austin.

Links to a list of waivers can be found at the bottom of the page at http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/approved_applications_for_waiver.html.

The new waivers were released on the same day that Congress delved into the details of another part of the Obama health law, as the feds detailed over 1300 grants to companies big and small, designed to help them fund health coverage for early retirees.

Those grants went to well known companies like AT&T and General Electric, and major unions like the United Auto Workers. (See my previous blogs for the list of those recipients entitled, "Health Law Payments").

Members of both parties sternly criticized officials involved in implementing the Obama health law, using a Friday hearing to blast the idea of giving $36 million to GE, which just reported $14 billion in profits, to help insure their early retirees.


Chief Henry
04-02-2011, 10:07 AM
The rest of us get plunged into a f'n cluster called OBAMA CARE.

Fuck you Obama and all who worship his skrawny ass. Union punks get saved and we

get hosed.

Chief Henry
04-04-2011, 09:25 AM

Garcia Bronco
04-04-2011, 11:11 PM
Come on SCOTUS. Sink this boat.

04-05-2011, 07:19 AM
Crony Socialism

04-05-2011, 07:59 AM
I'm sure all these "waivers" being offered are completely unrelated to Obama's goal of raising a billion dollars for his campaign...