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January 24, 2011 Government Gone Wild

HT to Nelson Furlano.

Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law.

HHS gave a waiver to Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees on Oct. 1, 2010; to Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees on Oct. 10, 2010; and to the SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees on Nov. 15, 2010.

So far, the Obama administration has issued waivers to 222 entities, including businesses, unions and charitable organizations. Of that total, 45 were labor organizations.

A total of 1,507,418 enrollees are now included in the waivers. More than one-third — 512,315 – of the enrollees affected were insured by union health plans.

Here is more.

"2" Comments
  1. No one reading any of my comments to your esteemed blog would have to guess about my political values, my having repeatedly slurred the honorable Senior
    Senator from New York. That said, I have figured out that Wintercow requires of his contributors to his seminar, should they bloviate, at least be fair in their analysis to the other side, even when the other side discounts liberty.

    But screw the SEIU, and every bastard after his slice of the pie, including Walter Reuther, rest his soul.

    I am sick of labor unions’ blocking free trade, free anything that might impede their twisted ideas. They want foreign auto workers to have to call an electrician to screw in a light bulb before they resume running whatever machine they are running, and I am not making this up.

    The SEIU is a new union, representing waiters, maids, blackjack dealers. They are powerful, and many have the sympathy from those of us who have spent many nights in hotels.

    But screw ’em, if they wish to use political influence to take a dime from my wife or my daughter, or from anyone I deem more worthy.

    Screw the SEIU, a motto. Same goes for Mr. Trumka.

  2. It should be noted that the first target of Hayek in his Constitution of Liberty, after he lays out his theoretical support for the importance of the Rule of Law, was the unions. They were, for him (writing in 1960) perhaps the most serious threat to liberty.

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