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The White House Negotiations With Unions Over Obamacare You May Not Have Heard Of

Posted by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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The White House Negotiations With Unions Over Obamacare You May Not Have Heard Of

The Obama administration is poised to give some labor unions a break from costly fees under the Affordable Care Act, a move that some say is calculated to placate a key White House ally.

In regulations published last week, the administration said it intends to propose rules that would exempt “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the requirement to pay the fees in 2015 and 2016. Health care experts say that could apply to some union-sponsored health plans, though it’s unclear how many.

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Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, said he’s suspicious of the administration’s motives.

“It certainly looks like the Obama administration is looking at a special deal for unions, which is deeply concerning given the problems that all Americans are facing due to Obamacare,” Hatch said.

But in a conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the language does not single out the so-called union Taft-Hartley plans for special treatment.

“It applies to self-administered funds, whether they are Taft-Hartley or not,” Trumka said. “We are still reviewing all of that, and we continue to try to make positive changes to the act.”

Gretchen Young, senior vice president for health policy at the ERISA Industry Committee, a group that represents large employers on benefits issues, said it would be “very unfair” to single out one group of employers who are contributing money and not let everybody out of it.

“All self-funded plans are in the same position of having to pay this three-year fee but getting no direct benefit in return,” Young said.

She said hardly any employers in her group, which includes the nation’s largest corporations, would benefit under the administration’s language.

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly discussed the proposed rules Wednesday with the Center for Union Facts’ J. Justin Wilson, who said it could exempt unions up to $600 million in Obamacare-related fees.

President Barack Obama “is buying their silence with a $600 million dollar payback,” he said.

Wilson also claimed that businesses will most likely be left picking up the slack:


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susan115
by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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Can anyone imagine if a Republican did this.  He would hanged. Amazing, how liberals are blinded by the darkside of life.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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Quoting susan115:

Can anyone imagine if a Republican did this.  He would hanged. Amazing, how liberals are blinded by the darkside of life.

This is mind boggling to me..just mind boggling.


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Because Obama believes that union members, and elected government leaders, like himself, are more equal than others.

susan115
by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM


I agree, this is mind boggling.

Quoting Ednarooni160:



Quoting susan115:

Can anyone imagine if a Republican did this.  He would hanged. Amazing, how liberals are blinded by the darkside of life.

This is mind boggling to me..just mind boggling.




susan115
by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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True, so very true.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Because Obama believes that union members, and elected government leaders, like himself, are more equal than others.



Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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What about the voters who voted for Obama who aren't union..OUCH!!!  Guess they are chopped liver like the rest of us.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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Obama couldn't "delay" it for the regular folks..when we were in shut down and they were suppose to be negotiating..but he could slip this in..

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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Of course he could. The regular folks won't be voting for him again, so they don't matter as much as the union folks who are instrumental in financing the dems. They will be sunk in 2014 without union contributions and votes. 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Obama couldn't "delay" it for the regular folks..when we were in shut down and they were suppose to be negotiating..but he could slip this in..


Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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Quoting DSamuels:

Of course he could. The regular folks won't be voting for him again, so they don't matter as much as the union folks who are instrumental in financing the dems. They will be sunk in 2014 without union contributions and votes. 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Obama couldn't "delay" it for the regular folks..when we were in shut down and they were suppose to be negotiating..but he could slip this in..


Such a BLATENT scumbag...seriously...


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