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LABOR UNIONS EXEMPTED AFTER STRONG SUPPORT FOR ACA?
Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the president’s health care reform law - which unions universally supported? 1,372 is the current count of waivers from ObamaCare. Why are senators and representatives, and families of same, exempt from ObamaCare?
Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.
By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.
The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of controversial news reports, including The Daily Caller’s story that nearly 20 percent of last May’s waivers went to businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district in California.
The labor unions receiving waivers include those that are monitored under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, and those that are not. The waivers granted since June 17 are valid until 2013, but recipients must make sure their employees understand the “limits of their coverage,” according to HHS documents. HHS granted waivers on a year-by-year basis under its initial application process, but waivers granted after June 17 are valid for a maximum of two-and-a-half years. (RELATED: Full coverage of the health care law)
By and large, unions backed the health care overhaul, a law from which nearly a half million of their workers are now exempt?
LARGE EXEMPTIONS FOR MUSLIMS & ANA-BAPTIST?
There's been considerable controversy regarding exemptions for various religious groups. Thus far, the only exemptions are Ana-Baptist (Amish, Mennonites & Huterites) & any other group already exempted from paying into the Social Security & Medicare trust funds. Muslims could be exempted, but that's certainly not been decided.
Many have interpreted The Affordable Care Act to have exempted Muslims from the requirement of having to purchase health insurance, or pay the fine. A quick on line search of the words Dhimmitude and Affordable Health Care Act @ Snopes and Fact Check indicates that the question has not been answered yet. I am unaware of any clear CMS, or IRS, rulings?
Oftentimes, we hear folks complain about the enormous sums of money poured into the political process. For perspective, we will spend less as a nation on the 2012 elections than we spend per annum on potato chips. If you want perspective on why certain groups have been granted exemptions - review the political contributions for past 12 years. Only one of the top twenty financial contributors gave more to the GOP than DNC.
Americans for Tax Reform counts 20 new, or higher, taxes on American families and small businesses. Investor’s Business Daily says "this comes to a $675 billion tax hike over the next decade.” CMS now estimates that Health Care Soending will increase by over $2.7 Trillion dollars more under ObamaCare than spending would have increased sans ObamaCare.
Watch the video of Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, explaining that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year.
How Will The Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Obamacare Affect Small Businesses And Job Creation?, confronts the consequences of approving the tax mandate.
Beginning in 2014, the “Employer Responsibility” provision would require employers with 50 or more workers to provide health coverage.It could curb hiring among companies that have fewer than 50 employees.
Also, “A lesser-known provision of Obamacare penalizes small businesses for hiring more than 25 employees. “Small businesses that have 25 or fewer employees and offer health care insurance will receive a 35 percent tax credit under the law.”
Where the money is can be one indicator of where the votes are. Here's how the presidential contributions so far are distributed between Democratic and Republican candidates. To see a list of fundraising by all candidates, simply click on a state.