For a special interest group that pushed so hard to enact legislation that weighs on the rest of America, unions seem to be the largest group that want to avoid the very law they helped enact. In fact, according to Friday afternoon's document dump, the vast majority of individuals receiving special treatment in this latest waiver boondoggle are union workers. This brings the total of unionized ObamaCare waiver recipients to over 50% of the total recipients.
According to the Daily Caller:
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.
Since the political backlash over the amount of union waivers began last year, in June, the Obama administration announced an early end to the waiver program. This made this round of waivers the last before the major provisions of ObamaCare kick in and, more importantly to the White House, before the 2012 election.
Here are the lists of plans that have been granted waivers:
- Self-Insured Employers (722)
- Multi-Employer Plans (417)
- Non-Taft Hartley Union Plans (34)
- Health Insurance Issuers (50)
- State-Mandated Policies (5)
- Association Plans (3)
Given that private-sector unions only represent 6.9% of the workforce and that they spent millions fighting to have ObamaCare enacted, it is ironic that unions are the largest recipients of those benefiting from the waivers.
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.”
Samuel Gompers, American Federation of Labor, 1918
Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com