Remember those unions that helped lobby for Obamacare? They too started realizing it was a bad deal, but Obama’s taking care of them.
Weeks after denying labor’s request to give union members access to health-law subsidies, the Obama administration is signaling it intends to exempt some union plans from one of the law’s substantial taxes.
Buried in rules issued last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016.
That’s a description that applies to many Taft-Hartley union plans acting as their own insurance company and claims processor, said Edward Fensholt, a senior vice president at Lockton Cos., a large insurance broker.
Insurance companies and self-insured employers that hire outside claims administrators would still be liable for the fee, which starts at $63 per insurance plan member next year and is projected to raise $25 billion over three years.
Unions, a key Obama ally, have increasingly criticized the Affordable Care Act as threatening the generous medical plans held by many members.
So if you are one of those individually insured people who is losing your doctor, too bad for you. But unions get “the law” altered because they are more special than you.
Wasn’t this supposed to have something to do with “fairness” and “equal access” to health care? As George Orwell pointed out, in all such schemes, some of us end up being “more equal” than others.
Once again we see that the Affordable Care Act, despite being called “the law of the land” really isn’t a law at all in any normal use of language. A “law” is supposed to consist of a rule that one can know in advance and understand. A law, even a bad one, will give you the power to predict the future because you know the rule will be enforced.
Obamacare is not a law; it is simply the empowerment of Obama’s hirelings to make up new rules whenever they want to do so. Everything can be altered at whim so that the Obama Administration can reward their friends and punish everyone else.
Anyone who is trying to pretend that the Affordable Care Act does not include a death panel should think about this flexibility to the law. How soon before we start seeing truly unequal treatment? Is there any reason to expect the health care bureaucracy to be less ideologically driven than the IRS?