The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Obama’s healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.
Newt shows his true colors:
Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he backs a requirement that every citizen purchase or acquire health insurance, a key component of President Obama’s health care law. Gingrich described his plan as a “variation” of Obama’s individual mandate.
These are just a few of the countless harmful effects of ObamaCare:
* Costs trillions of dollars, burdening our government with inescapable debt
* Adds 16,000 new IRS agents who will be administering ObamaCare at the cost of billions
* Constitutionally flawed, forcing individuals to buy health care or be fined
* Over 1,000 unions and big corporations have been given exemptions by Obama’s HHS Department while no small businesses or individual Americans are exempted
This story Byron York had in the Washington Examiner on March 31st: “Uncovered: New $2 Billion Bailout in Obamacare.” Two billion of corporate cronyism, or crony capitalism, if you will. For example, AT&T got $140 million to subsidize health care plans. Verizon, $91 million. General Electric, despite not paying any US income taxes last year, got $36 million. General Motors, Obama’s car company, received $19 million in bailout money in order for them to be able to more easily afford health care within their companies.
* Should the federal government control America’s $2.5 trillion health sector, fully one sixth of our economy?
* Should government bureaucrats decide what form of health coverage is “acceptable”?
* Should these bureaucrats be given the legal authority to require all Americans to purchase government-designed health plans and levy penalties on those who don’t comply?
* Should the federal government require the States to devote scarce resources to the creation of federally designed health exchanges that State lawmakers may feel inadequately address the unique needs of state residents?
* Should the federal government expand the Medicaid program so dramatically that States face a Hobson’s choice – either shoulder billions in new fiscal commitments (on top of an already unsustainable budget mess) or withdraw from the program entirely?
* What about employers who want to continue to provide their employees with health coverage but learn that federal bureaucrats deem the coverage they can afford to provide insufficiently generous?
1ST SESSION H. R.
To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions
in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. CANTOR (for himself and [see ATTACHED LIST of cosponsors]) introduced
the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
To repeal the job-killing health care law and health carerelated
provisions in the Health Care and Education
Reconciliation Act of 2010.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
2tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Repealing the Job-
5 Killing Health Care Law Act’’.
1 SEC. 2. REPEAL OF THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW
2 AND HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN
3 THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION REC
4ONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.
5 (a) JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW.—Effective as
6 of the enactment of Public Law 111–148, such Act is re
7pealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by
8 such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not
9 been enacted.
10 (b) HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE
11 HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF
12 2010.—Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care
13 and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law
14 111–152), title I and subtitle B of title II of such Act
15 are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or re
16pealed by such title or subtitle, respectively, are restored
17 or revived as if such title and subtitle had not been en
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
44. Health and Welfare Benefit System
46. Transport Workers
47. UFT Welfare Fund