CMS is proposing to exempt union plans from the reinsurance fee and increase fees paid by non-union group plans to offset that exemption.
Barack Obama and Richard Trumka. Mr. Obama pays off his union friends with taxpayer funds.
Free Beacon: Senior members of committees with key oversight roles concerning the health care system, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn.), Sen. Orin Hatch (R., Utah), and Sen. John Thune (R. S.D.), along with eighteen other Republican senators wrote that the regulation makes no justification for why union members should receive special treatment.
Wouldn’t you like to know why only 21 senators care about this blatant cronyism? Why should any of us pay for unions to get special treatment?
What other exemptions will they get down the road? Since the president met with the major union leaders, they have been very quiet.
Unions actively worked to pass the law and they are now actively promoting it, but they will not have to suffer the repercussions. They are very generous with other peoples’ money.
Is this even legal? Obama is changing the healthcare LAW yet again.
The reinsurance tax is scheduled to begin in 2014 and requires all self-insured plans to pay a tax for each person covered under a health plan. The reinsurance tax was meant to provide funds to health care plans in the Obamacare exchanges to defray the cost of care for people with pre-existing conditions.
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts supported a bill, introduced by U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called the Union Tax Fairness Act (S. 1724), to prevent union health care plans from being exempted from the Obamacare reinsurance tax. It won’t make it through the Senate thanks to Harry Reid who won’t let it get to the floor.