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Unions poised to win delay of ObamaCare tax in budget deal

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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Unions poised to win delay of ObamaCare tax in budget deal

By Elise Viebeck - 10/14/13 05:25 PM ET

Labor unions are poised to score the delay of an ObamaCare tax in the bipartisan budget deal emerging in the Senate.

The bargain under negotiation would make small adjustments to the healthcare law, including delaying the law's reinsurance fee for one year. The three-year tax is meant to generate revenue that will stabilize premiums on the individual market as sick patients enter the risk pool.

The tax applies to all group health plans, but unions argue it will raise their healthcare costs while providing them no benefit. 

The reinsurance tax figured prominently in discussions at a recent AFL-CIO convention, where workers passed a resolution demanding changes to ObamaCare.

The White House recently denied labor's top priority on ObamaCare, ruling that union health plans are not eligible for the new subsidies because they are already helped by the tax code.

Democrats could be pushing to delay the reinsurance fee for one year as an olive branch after that apparent slight, though it could also create trouble for insurers on the marketplaces.

The possible Senate deal would raise the nation's debt ceiling until mid-February, immediately reopen the government and provide funding until Jan. 15.

It remains to be seen if House Republicans will accept a package that does little to thwart ObamaCare.

The emerging Senate deal defies several expectations when it comes to the healthcare law.
 
It does nothing to delay or end a new tax on medical devices, for example — a move that appeared to be gaining momentum earlier in the week.

The 2.3 percent tax, which has opposition in both parties, is expected to generate about $30 billion in revenue for ObamaCare over the next 10 years.

Supporters say the fee is fair because the device industry will benefit from a wider customer base under the healthcare law.

But device makers say their tax will cut jobs and stymie innovation, and this argument has gained traction on Capitol Hill.

A bill to repeal the device tax has more than 260 co-sponsors in the House, and 30 Democratic senators opposed the fee alongside their GOP colleagues in a symbolic vote earlier this year.

Democrats are considering including a provision in the emerging deal to require income verification for people receiving federal discounts on healthcare coverage.

But a Democratic aide characterized that reform as a "nothing-burger" because it would only enforce existing law.  


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/328459-labor-gets-obamacare-olive-branch-#ixzz2hlD4r2BP
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JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

bump

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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Wow. Everyday Americans... Screwed... Unions, Politicians? Pass
PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

The benefits of lining politicans pockets with $$$$.  All the while every day American citizens, "screw you!"

erika9009
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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Quoting jcrew6:

Wow. Everyday Americans... Screwed... Unions, Politicians? Pass


Pres Obama needs to stop saying he is "for the middle class"

It plainly obvious it's an OUTRIGHT LIE.

He is for the people that contribute to his campaigns, period.

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sillygirl83
by Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Just another example of how unions absolutely suck.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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Can't upset the Unions....donate a lot to Dem campaigns
wixychixy
by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I wish they would throw the whole mess out.

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM
This whole mess continues to sicken me.
I don't understand how Democrats can support all this spending, support reversing spending cuts that have been helping in a miniscule way, support the passes that unions, big businesses and special interest groups get??
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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

 That damn kool-aid is powerful stuff.

Quoting Analeigh2012:

This whole mess continues to sicken me.
I don't understand how Democrats can support all this spending, support reversing spending cuts that have been helping in a miniscule way, support the passes that unions, big businesses and special interest groups get??

 

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM
I just want a democrat to defend this to me - explain without sarcasm or BS - just explain how they can support this. In their own life do they spend out of control, max out their credit limit and just ask their banks to increase their limit so they can increase their spending habits?

My close friend is 78. She was always a Republican until Obama ran for President and only be ause her son had attended school with Obama in Hawaii did she vote for him. That fact, makes her believe him no matter what he says and believe he cannot lie. It frustrates me to the core! Because I cannot discuss anything with her these days. For example - she believes we need to increase the debt ceiling. She says "we need to get spending under control, we need to stop borrowing so much, but Obama says we need to increase the debt ceiling so I agree". What logic is that?? She says Republicans need to leave funding for ACA alone - it is a law and should not be touched. I ask her about the Sequestor cuts and how Obama wants those reversed in the mix of the debt ceiling / budget discussion. She says that is the right thing to do. I say - but it is a law, they should not touch it. She says I am confusing her so we shouldn't talk politics.

Are democrats just confused?


Quoting grandmab125:

 That damn kool-aid is powerful stuff.


Quoting Analeigh2012:

This whole mess continues to sicken me.
I don't understand how Democrats can support all this spending, support reversing spending cuts that have been helping in a miniscule way, support the passes that unions, big businesses and special interest groups get??

 

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