Who's Exempt from Obamacare?
From the very beginning President Obama said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” What he really meant was “if you like your plan and you have powerful Washington connections, you can keep it.” Sadly, the rest of America is stuck under the weight of this massive, devastating law.
The list of groups that want out from under the onerous burdens of the law continues to grow by the day.
Congress and their staff
When ObamaCare was passed, Senator Chuck Grassley inserted an amendment that required all members of Congress and their staff members to purchase insurance from one of the new health insurance exchanges. Senator Grassley argued that if these exchanges were good enough for you and me, they were good enough for Congress.
However, like so many things with this law, that is easier said than done. Staff members complained about the cost of buying insurance since they’d lose their generous taxpayer-provided insurance. Congressmen complained that they might lose good staff members who didn’t want to be forced into these bureaucratic monstrosities. Instead of fixing the glitches, President Obama and his administration simply waived the problem away. Now, all members of Congress and staff members have an ObamaCare exception that no other American has.Labor Unions
Labor Unions supported ObamaCare from the very beginning becoming important cheerleaders for the administration. But as we get closer to the January 1 roll-out, union leaders are realizing just how bad ObamaCare is for their members. In July, Presidents of the Teamsters, UNITE-HERE and United Food and Commercial Workers sent House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a scathing letter detailing many of the problems Americans face with this law. The law will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week” and confirms that many employers are cutting employees’ hours.
According to ObamaCare, all employers with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance coverage or face a $2,000 per employee fine. This unprecedented mandate imposes incredible costs on business across America that will continue to grow with the cost of health insurance. Large employers focused their attention on the Obama administration begging for a concession and they got it. Over the Fourth of July holiday, the Obama administration secretly announced that the employer mandate—but not the individual mandate—would be delayed until 2015.
State of Massachusetts
Massachusetts is the blueprint for ObamaCare, or so we were told. Again and again, supporters said to look at the success of reforms in Massachusetts, ObamaCare simply instituted those nationwide. But now, even Democrats in the Bay State are demanding waivers from ObamaCare. ObamaCare will have an “adverse effect” on insurance in Massachusetts requiring immediate action. Even the ObamaCare-supporting Boston Globe is warning of the “one-size-fits-all” approach. If the so-called reforms are unworkable in Massachusetts, where will they work?
Restaurants in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s district
This trend isn’t new. When ObamaCare was in its infancy, the Obama administration began handing out waivers to employers for various other provisions of the law. In early 2011, the administration issued waiver after waiver to politically connected businesses. In April of 2011, almost 20 percent of the waivers issued were for restaurants and hip nightclubs in former-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district.
If you’re well-connected and know how to work the system you can get a waiver or delay from the damage this law which is about to inflict on our economy and our health care.
But what about us? As average citizens we’re about to feel the full brunt of the law. Sign the petition and urge Congress and the President to: Exempt Me Too!