Health Care waivers

For a law that was supposed to make our health care more affordable, the list of companies and unions who are being given a waiver to ‘opt out’ seems to be growing by the day.

Since the waivers were released a few weeks ago, the number of unions and companies that have received waivers has doubled to 222. The number of known unions on this list is near 50.

So far, here is the list of unions

1. Bricklayers Local 1 of MD, VA and DC
2. International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Health and Welfare Fund – Local 713
3. Local 1102 Amalgamated Welfare Fund
4. Local 1102 Health & Benefit Fund
5. Local 1102 Welfare Fund– Lerner Employees
6. Local 338 Affiliated Benefit Funds
7. Operating Engineers Local 835 Health and Welfare Fund
8. Retail, Wholesale & Dept. Store Union Local 1034 Welfare Fund
9. United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Mount Laurel, New Jersey
10. Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund
11. Service Employees International Union Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund
12. Southern CA Pipe Trades Trust Fund
13. Teamsters Local 522 Welfare Fund Roofers Division
14. Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Health and Welfare Fund
15. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 New Hampshire
16. Amalgamated National Health Fund
17. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 630 Welfare Fund
18. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000
19. 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund
20. Cleveland Bakers Teamsters
21. DC Cement Masons Welfare Fund
22. Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund
23. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Local No. 52
24. Social Service Employees Union Local 371
25. United Food and Commercial Workers Union (Mount Laurel, NJ)
26. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1459
27. United Food and Commercial Workers and Participating Employers Interstate Health and Welfare Fund
28. Laborers’ International Union of North America Local Union No. 616 Health and Welfare Plan
29. Service Employees Benefit Fund
30. UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust
31. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1995
32. IBEW No.915
33. Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund
34. Florida Trowel Trades
35. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund
36. UFCW Local 227
37. UFCW Maximus Local 455
38. Local 25 SEIU
39. UFCW Local 1262
40. Local 802 Musicians Health Fund
41. Greater Metropolitan Hotel
42. Local 17 Hospitality Benefit Fund
43. GS-ILA
44. Health and Welfare Benefit System
45. I.U.P.A.T.
46. Transport Workers
47. UFT Welfare Fund
48. PMPS-ILA
49. PS-ILA

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Are they against reform or for it

After fighting against health-care reform insurers and drug makers are fighting to keep it.

In exchange for tighter regulation and new directives, insurers, drug makers, hospitals and physicians will get some 30 million new paying customers under the individual mandate requiring everyone to  buy insurance or pay a fine starting in 2014.

The insurance and health care industry are lobbying to keep the mandate. The prospect of 30 million new customers has helped to create a 7.4 percent increase since Jan.1 in the standard & Poor’s 500 Managed Health Care Index.

Doctors and hospitals don’t want to give up Medicaids expansion to 16 million new people.

Drug makers worry a repeal could undo a side deal that stops Medicare from negotiating drug prices, plus the agreement to continue blocking the re-importation of drugs from Canada. Both deals help drug makers to fend off pressure to lower drug prices.

I guess they were against reform until they found out there was money to be made from it.