Three SEIU Locals Get ObamaCare Waiver

What’s this list up to, now?

As of December 3rd it was 222.  Whatever the total is now, there have been three more added to the list.

SEIU spent $27 million to elect Obama to the Presidency.  Now thanks to CNS News we have learned that three local SEIU chapters have been added to the growing list, including a Chicago chapter (Obama’s hometown).

Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law.

The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

The waivers allow health insurance plans to limit how much they will spend on a policy holder’s medical coverage for a given year. Under the new health care law, however, such annual limits are phased out by the year 2014. (Under HHS regulations, annual limits can be no less than $750,000 for 2011, no less than $1.25 million in 2012 and no less than $2 million in 2013.)…

The three SEIU locals, covering a total of 36,064 enrollees, are covered by the federal waivers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS gave a waiver to Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees on Oct. 1, 2010; to Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees on Oct. 10, 2010; and to the SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees on Nov. 15, 2010.

So far, the Obama administration has issued waivers to 222 entities, including businesses, unions and charitable organizations. Of that total, 45 were labor organizations.

It is interesting to see that despite all of the glory that was hyped about ObamaCare, waivers from its requirements are necessary for America’s largest organizations.  It is especially interesting to see that the very organization who put all of their chips on the line to elect Obama is receiving waivers.  Hmm…

The waivers have not gone unnoticed by Republicans.  The Department of Health and Human Services has been asked to provide information on the groups who were given waivers to find out why they needed one.  From The Hill:

The GOP freshman put in charge of a congressional Oversight subcommittee on health says he’ll use his powers to investigate waivers given to businesses or individuals for any part of the new healthcare reform law.

“If there are exemptions,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told The Hill, “what was the process by which those exemptions were sought and given?”

“I think those are fair questions to ask,” he said, “and I expect we will.”…

Other House committees are also probing tort reform and waivers.

The Judiciary Committee on Thursday dedicated its first hearing to medical liability reform. The healthcare reform law contains demonstration grants for states to try their own solutions, but little else.

Also Tuesday, the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting that it provide a list of every individual, organization, business, state or other entity that requested a waiver, obtained a waiver, or has been denied a waiver for any part of the reform law.

Who knows where this rabbit hole ends, but Republicans need to keep up the effort to get the bottom of the “waiver-mania.”  However, Michelle Malkin points out that the Energy and Commerce Committe is also asking the HHS to “provide a list of every individual, organization, business, state or other entity that requested a waiver, obtained a waiver, or has been denied a waiver for any part of the reform law.”  Will Republicans play this corruption game too instead of ending it?