While the Democrats continued to extol Obamacare and the president defended the behemoth law during the Date of the Union, HHS was quietly presiding over a massive Obamacare Waiver-mania explosion.
When last we examined the growing list, privileged escapees topped 222.
Now: The list now at 729 – plus 4 states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee).
Among the many new union refugees are 4 new SEIU locals :
1. SEIU Health and Welfare fund, 2000 with 161 enrollees
2. Service Employees 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund* representing 7,020 enrollees
3. SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund representing 2,000 enrollees
4. SEIU Health & Welfare Fund representing 1,620
This is in addition to the three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees.
For the record, the total number of union waivers stands at 182.
Malkin notes that 45,000 employees are now exempt from Obamacare from SEIU unions alone. The number if you include all the waivers is over 2 million employees nationwide.
Note: Darrell Issa and his investigative team have targeted recipients of these waivers to see if some political shenanigans were involved. They might want to start here:
A snort-worthy new escapee: Obamacare sympathizers at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose board of trustees includes Obama health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Funny how these coincidences keep occurring, how TARP money, stim money, etc. keep ending up in the hands of Obama friends and cronies.
Written by: Rick Moran
Source: American Thinker