Among the most recent union affiliates to secure pardons from the one-size-fits-all health policy that their bosses spent hundreds of millions of dollars of worker dues lobbying for:
—Teamsters Local 485 Health and Welfare Fund in Brooklyn, N.Y.
—Detroit and Vicinity Trowel Trades Health and Welfare Fund_
—Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1182 Security Benefits Fund_
—CWA Local 1183 Health and Welfare Fund
—Bakers Union and Food Employees Labor Relations Association Health and Welfare Fund
—Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Home Care and Child Care Fund_
—United Food and Commercial Workers San Diego Employers Health and Welfare Trust_
—Welfare Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15, 15A, 15C, 15D AFL-CIO
—United Steelworkers Local 1-0318 Health and Welfare Trust Fund_
—United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices Local 198 AFL-CIO Health and Welfare Trust
—Teamsters Local 617 Welfare Fund in Ridgefield, N.J.
—Teamsters Local 734 Welfare Fund in Chicago
—Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60 Health and Welfare Fund
—New York State Nurses Welfare Plan for New York City Employed Registered Professional Nurses
The ultimate goal, it bears repeating, is to force a massive, revolutionary and irreversible shift from private to public insurance designed by government-knows-best bureaucrats.
Pelosi and the Golden Ticket Administrators in Washington deny preferential treatment for waiver beneficiaries. But the stench of waivers-for-favors won’t be dispelled until and unless the Obama administration releases a full list not only of those who won exemptions, but also of those who applied and were denied.
With San Francisco businesses caught with their hands in the waiver jar, Pelosi’s office could do nothing else but pout: “It is pathetic,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, “that there are those who would be cheering for Americans to lose their minimum health coverage or see their premiums increase for political purposes.”
It is far more pathetic to have cheered, as Pelosi did on the one-year anniversary of Obamacare, the law’s onerous benefits limits from which thousands of her own constituents have now been exempted.
Once again, the rest of America wants to know: Dude, where’s my waiver?
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