Black People Politics : Here are 59 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions...

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    By Dan from Squirrel Hill
    September 24, 2013
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    1) After Obamcare was passed, unions that supported its passage requested and received special exemptions
    Within months after Obamacare was passed, Obama gave some organizations an exemption from some of the requirements of Obamacare. As time went on, more than 1,300 organizations received these exemptions.
    More than half of the people who are covered by insurance plans that received these exemptions are in union insurance plans. These unions supported the passage of Obamacare. But immediately after Obamacare was passed, these unions wanted exemptions from the very same law that they wanted to force everyone else to obey. This reveals an extreme level of hypocrisy among many of the supporters of Obamacare.
    In addition, these exemptions are illegal for two reasons – because Obama granted the exemptions without approval from Congress, and because the Constitution requires the law to treat everyone the same.
    The Washington Times wrote of this:
    “Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.”
    “The now-familiar monthly trickling down of new waivers is, at best, a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failure. So far, seven entire states and 1,372 businesses, unions and other institutions have received waivers from the law. The list includes the administration’s friends and allies and, of course, those who have the best lobbyists.”
    “More than 50 percent of the Obamacare waiver beneficiaries are union members, which is striking because union members account for less than 12 percent of the American work force. The same unions that provided more than $120 million to Democrats in the last two elections and, in many cases, openly campaigned in favor of the government takeover of your health care, now celebrate that Obamacare is not their problem.”
    2) After Obamacare was passed, politicians who voted for it asked for a special exemption for their own districts
    Even the politicians who voted for Obamacare want exemptions for their own districts.
    In response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers have announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).
    In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democrats who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts.
    3 ) Politicians who voted for Obamacare wanted an additional exemption for themselves and their staff after it was passed
    This is another example of how the politicians who voted for Obamacare want exemptions for themselves.
    In 2010, Obamacare was passed by the House and Senate, and signed by President Obama.
    Three years later, members of Congress and their staff complained that Obamacare was going to cost them a lot of money, and said that this would likely cause a brain drain among their staff. In response to this, Obama made changes to Obamacare so that these things would not happen. However, Obama’s actions were illegal, because he made these changes without Congress voting on them first.
    4) An entire state that supported Obamacare asked for an exemption
    The people of Massachusetts were huge supporters of Obamacare when it was passed, and they voted for Obama in both elections. But even they eventually ended up asking for their own special exemption from Obamacare.
    In August 2013, Obama gave an Obamacare waiver to Massachusetts.
    This waiver was illegal for two reasons. First, the waiver was not approved by the U.S. Congress. Second, the U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government treat all states the same.
    5) Obamacare supporters at Democratic Underground later complained about it
    For some really hilarious displays of shock and outrage by supporters of Obamacare at how it’s harming low wage workers, check out these threads at Democratic Underground: one, two, three, four, and five.
    6) Union members quit their union because of Obamacare
    The AFL-CIO was a big supporter of the passaage of Obamacare in 2010, and supported Obama in both elections.
    In September 2013, it was reported that 40,000 longshoremen had quit the AFL-CIO, and that they had cited Obamacare as one of their reasons for doing so.
    7) Obama broke his own deadline for creating healthcare exchanges
    Even Obama himself seems to be an opponent of Obamacare.
    Three years after Obama signed Obamacare, the New York Times reported that Obama would miss his own deadline for creating some of the insurance exchanges for small businesses.
    8) Obama waited until after the 2012 election to release unpopular Obamacare rules
    Obama himself is so much against Obamacare that he waited until after the 2012 election to release some of its rules.
    In April 2013, the New York Times reported:
    … even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.
    … the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election.
    Everything is turning out to be more complicated than originally envisioned.
    A law that was very confusing has become mind-boggling… Americans are just going to be overwhelmed and befuddled. Many are just going to stay away, even if they are eligible for benefits.
    9) Obama illegally bypassed Congress to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate
    Here’s another example of how even Obama is against Obamacare.
    As the Obamacare law was written, the employer mandate was to begin in January 2014. This is what the law said when it was passed by the House and Senate, and signed by President Obama in 2010.
    However, in July 2013, Obama delayed the employer mandate part of Obamacare until January 2015. Obama did this without approval from Congress.
    For Obama to change a law that was passed by Congress, without first getting approval from Congress, is a violation of the Presidential oath that Obama took to uphold and defend the Constitution.
    What Obama did here is an action of a dictator, not an action of a President whose power is limited by a written constitution.
    If Obama can get away with this, then it sets a horribly dangerous precedent, and means that the President can arbitrarily make any change to any law that has been passed by Congress, without first getting approval from Congress.
    10) Obama illegally avoided enforcing the required income verification of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges
    Here is yet another example of how Obama is against Obamacare.
    Even though Obamacare requires the government to verify the income of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges, in August 2013 it was reported that Obama would not be verifying their incomes.
    11) Obama illegally delayed the caps on out of pocket payments without Congressional approval
    And here is yet one more example of how Obama is against Obamacare.
    As it was passed by the House and Senate and signed by Obama in 2010, Obamacare sets caps on the out of pocket payments that people pay for health care, and these caps were legally required to take effect in January 2014.
    However, in August 2013, Obama delayed these caps until January 2015.
    Because Obama imposed this delay without it first being approved by Congress, Obama’s action was illegal. The President does not have the legal authority to change an Act that was passed by Congress, without that change first being approved by Congress. What Obama did here is not the act of a President whose power is limited by a written constitution, but is, instead, the action of a dictator.
    12) Obama illegally prevented individual employees of small businesses from choosing their own plan during the first year of Obamacare
    Here’s another example of how Obama is against Obamacare.
    Obamacare requires that individual employees of small businesses be allowed to choose their own insurance plan during the first year of Obamacare. However, in March 2013, the Obama administrationannounced that it would not be allowing them to make this choice during the first year.
    13) Unions that supported the passage of Obamacare in 2010 wanted new special exempetions in 2013
    Here’s more hypocrisy from the unions that helped to get Obamacare passed.
    In January 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported:
    Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed
    Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.
    Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.
    Some 20 million Americans are covered by the health-care plans at issue
    Top officers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and other large labor groups plan to keep pressing the Obama administration to expand the federal subsidies to these jointly run plans, warning that unionized employers may otherwise drop coverage. A handful of unions say they already have examined whether it makes sense to shift workers off their current plans
    “We are going back to the administration to say that this is not acceptable,” said Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters, which has 1.6 million members and dependents in health-care plans. Other unions involved in the push include the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Unite Here
    Sheet Metal Workers Local 85 in Atlanta, which has about 1,900 members. Next year it must lift the $250,000 annual cap on the amount it will pay for medical claims. The law’s requirements will add between 50 cents to $1 an hour to the cost of members’ compensation package
    14) Obama lied about putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN
    Although Obama had made a campaign promise to have all of the health care reform negotiations broadcast on C-SPAN, he broke that promise after he was elected.
    The secrecy of these negotiations was so strong that U.S. Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
    15) Obama lied about letting people keep their health insurance
    Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
    “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people… If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
    Also before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
    “Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance.”
    However, after Obamacare was passed, the Congressional Budget Office said that the law would causeseven million people to lose their employer provided insurance.
    After Obamacare was passed, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced that it would drophealth insurance for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants. Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU stated
    “… new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26… meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
    Also, after Obamacare was passed, the Franciscan University of Steubenville dropped its coverage in response to the law.
    Universal Orlando dropped its coverage for part time employees in response to Obamacare.
    In addition, after Obamacare was passed, Forbes reported
    “The House Ways and Means Committee has released a new report that sheds light onto how Obamacare incentivizes companies to dump their workers onto the new law’s subsidized exchanges.”
    Also after Obamacare was passed, MSN reported
    “The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won’t cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in next year.”
    Furthermore, it was reported that Obamacare would cause 58,000 Aetna and UnitedHealth Group customers in California to lose their insurance.
    In response to Obamacare, some employers have dropped coverage for their employees’ spouses. In August 2013, it was reported that UPS had announced that it would be dropping 15,000 spouses of its employees from its health insurance, and that it had cited Obamacare as the reason it was doing this.
    The chain of Wegmans supermarkets cancelled the policies of its part time employees in response to Obamacare.
    In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare
    “will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits… these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable… we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and well being of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans”
    In August 2013, it was reported that 106,000 New Jersey citizens would lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.
    In September 2013, IBM announced that it would be switching 110,000 of its retirees from their current IBM-provided health insurance to the Obamacare exchanges.
    In September 2013, Trader Joe’s announced that, in response to Obamacare, it would stop providing insurance to its part time employees.
    16) Obama lied about the cost of Obamacare
    Before Obamacare was passed, Obama promised
    “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”
    However, after Obama signed it, the Washington Post reported that it would add more than $340 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.
    In March 2012, the Congressional Budget Office said that over the next decade, Obamacare would costtwice as much as what Obama had promised.
    In May 2013, it was reported that Obamacare’s program for high risk patients was more expensive than what Obama had promised.
    17) Obama falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had never overturned any laws that had been passed by Congress
    Despite having taught constitutional law at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, in April 2012 Obama falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had never overturned any laws that had been passed by Congress.
    18) Obama said the health insurance mandate was not a tax, but later told the Supreme Court that it was
    Before Obama’s health care reform was passed, he said that the mandate was not a tax. However, after it was passed, the Obama administration argued in front of the Supreme Court that the mandate really was a tax.
    19) Obamacare punishes hospitals for saving the lives of patients with heart disease
    Obama’s health care reform contains a provision that reduces Medicare payments to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates. Sunil Kripalani, MD, a professor with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said of this, “Among patients with heart failure, hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates. So, which would we rather have — a hospital readmission or a death?”
    20) Obamacare encourages employers to switch their employees from full time to part time
    The New York Times reported that Obamacare
    “sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”
    In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, some restaurants have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including some franchises of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, White Castle, and Fatburger.
    Community College of Allegheny County switched 200 professors and 200 other employees from full time to part time in response to Obamacare. Clint Benjamin, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County, said that this would reduce his own monthly pay by $600.
    Also in response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, other colleges have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University.
    In Virginia, thousands of government employees had their hours reduced because of Obamacare.
    The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh reduced the hours of 48 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
    Regal Entertainment Group, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, announced that it would be switching thousands of its employees from full time to part time in response to the Obamacare mandate.
    Utah’s Granite School District reduced the hours of 1,200 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
    In response to Obamacare, many Wal-Mart stores have stopped hiring full time workers.
    In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will
    “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
    In response to Obamacare, Forever 21 reduced its employees’ hours.
    As of September 2013, more than 200 public-sector employers had reduced their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
    Sea World reduced the weekly hours of its part time employees from 32 to 28 in response to Obamacare.
    Lands’ End limited its part time employees to 29 hours per week in response to Obamacare.
    As of September 2013, at least 34 universities and colleges had reduced some of their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
    21) Obama falsely said that switching to electronic medical records would make health care cheaper
    Although Obama claimed that switching to electronic record keeping as part of Obamacare would make health care cheaper, it actually made it more expensive.
    22) Obama falsely said that surgeons get paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a leg
    In August 2009, while trying to justify the passage of Obamacare, Obama stated
    “Let’s take the example of something like diabetes, one of — a disease that’s skyrocketing, partly because of obesity, partly because it’s not treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family — if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they’re taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we’re also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.”
    The American College of Surgeons responded to this by saying
    “President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.”
    23) Obama falsely said that doctors perform unnecessary tonsillectomies to make more money
    In July 2009, Obama said
    “Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if … your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.’”
    “Now, that may be the right thing to do. But I’d rather have that doctor making those decisions just based on whether you really need your kid’s tonsils out or whether it might make more sense just to change — maybe they have allergies. Maybe they have something else that would make a difference.”
    The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery responded by saying
    “The AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President’s portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.”
    24) Obama illegally added 20,000 extra pages to Obamacare without Congressional approval
    After Obamacare was passed, Obama added 20,000 extra pages to it, even though those extra 20,000 pages had not been voted on by Congress.
    25) Obamacare’s own authors admitted that it was a “huge train wreck” that was “beyond comprehension”
    U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), one of the authors of Obamacare, said of it, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”
    U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia), another author of the law, said it was “beyond comprehension.”
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