Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard comes up with a discouraging note on the implementation of Obamacare – namely the fact that unions and the president’s crony-capitalist donors are the primary recipients of the waivers to it…
In what is fast becoming a weekly event, the Obama administration granted 200 more companies from the Democrats’ sweeping health care law in the Friday night news dump. That brings the number of comapines receiving waivers to 1,372. (You can get a full list of the companies exempted here.)
Not surprisingly, it helps to be a Democratic ally when seeking a waiver. The Republican Policy Committee reports that over half of the workers that have been exempted so far belong to unions:
The plans newly approved for waivers cover more than 160,000 people, bringing to nearly 3.1 million the number of individuals in plans exempted from the health law’s requirements. Of the participants receiving waivers, more than half – over 1.55 million – are in union plans, raising questions of why such a disproportionate share of union members are receiving waivers from the law’s requirements. The percentage of participants receiving waivers that come from unions also continues to rise – the number was 48% in April, and 45% in March.
Less than 10 percent of the private-sector workforce is unionized, and yet half of the waivers go to union companies and unions themselves.
First of all, isn’t it disgusting how in thrall to the unions this White House is? And second, what a complete indictment of Obamacare that the president’s own supporters don’t want anything to do with it.
No wonder 60 percent of the American public wants this thing repealed.