Big Labor Set to Win ObamaCare Delay
As Senate leaders hammer out a deal to end the partial government shutdown and lift the nation's debt ceiling, sources on Capitol Hill tell Breitbart News that labor unions are poised to win a significant delay in an ObamaCare tax. The delay in the tax, which has long been a goal of Big Labor, is expected to be part of a spending agreement brokered by Sens. Reid and McConnell.
At issue is a "reinsurance" tax levied against all group health plans. The funds raised would be used to compensate insurance companies for providing coverage to extremely sick individuals. Labor unions have made eliminating the tax a top priority, arguing that it would drive up the cost of health insurance for union members. At the recently concluded AFL-CIO annual meeting last month, union members passed a resolution calling for a repeal of the tax. The outlines of the emerging Senate spending deal will delay imposition of the tax for one year.
When House Republicans passed their government spending bill, with a one-year delay in ObamaCare's individual mandate, President Obama countered that the health care program was the "settled" law of the land. Which, apparently, is true unless one has a PAC that showers millions of dollars in campaign contributions on lawmakers.
Earlier this year, the Obama Administration delayed for one year the mandate that large employers provide health insurance to their employees. This came soon after a similar one-year delay in the set-up of health exchanges for small businesses. Since ObamaCare passed Congress, the Administration has issued hundreds of waivers to special interests, exempting them from the effects of the law.
It seems that only the average American citizen will be made to comply with the ObamaCare program. Democrats, throughout the fiscal stand-off, have argued that ObamaCare should not be altered or reformed. Unless, of course, you are a labor union.