Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Obamacare for thee, but not for me

It turns out that those lucky enough to be granted Obamacare cost waivers are the very people who helped push that monstrosity down our collective throats.
By the wildest of coincidences, 87% of them belong to Big Labor unions.
Interesting, since Big Labor pulled out all the stops to get the president's signature on health care reform passed in March 2010. But as the waivers came, it's clear they never had any expectation of paying for it.
Maybe it wasn't luck that got them the waivers.
From the very start they carved out special exemptions for themselves, showing all the earmarks of political favors in exchange for campaign contributions. The actual skyrocketing costs, reduced choices and lousy service were shoved on the rest of us.
This isn't conspiracy thinking. Judicial Watch obtained records from closed-door meetings between Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, Andy Stern of the SEIU and other labor advocates of health care nationalization, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Vice President Joe Biden, Majority Leader Harry Reid and ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They point to deals cut to benefit Big Labor.
Politicians will always use whatever policy discretion they have to further their political ends. Why would this be any different?