Monday, January 31, 2011

Union That Spent $673,309 Electing Barack Obama Gets 28 Obamacare Waivers

First they advocated for the law, and then they sought exemptions from having to follow the law. Or, as George Orwell put it, all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

( – The Obama administration has granted one-year waivers to 28 separate local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), exempting them from a requirement under the new health care law that bans annual limits on what insurance plans will pay for medical coverage.

The UFCW’s political action committee spent $673,309 in independent expenditures promoting the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

That PAC–the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Active Ballot Club–also contributed $1.8 million to Democratic federal candidates in 2008 and $1.7 million to Democratic congressional candidates in 2010.

The HHS waivers to 28 separate UFCW health insurance plans affect 83,563 enrollees.

With not even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare wanting to actually have to follow the law, it’s little wonder Senate Democrats don’t want to have to vote in favor of the bill again.