As Obama comes across with Obamacare waivers and deals for union members is it unfair to the American families and individuals who are burdened with higher health costs and losing the insurance they have when Obama gives such benefits as premium tax credits to union members?
That is a question being asked by Republican members of U.S. House of Representatives Education & Workforce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
Obama is now paying back the union leaders who supported Obamacare by providing taxpayer subsidies that are not available to other American families who already have employer provided health insurance.
According to a letter from the Committees
The Statutory language of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) clearly prohibits such a decision....This is a clear fire wall in the statute intended to limit the number of individuals eligible for premium tax credits…multiemployer health plans are considered generally to be employee benefit plans subject to regulation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) states that
…it is seems unlikely that an individual who is enrolled in a multi-employer health plan would be eligible for a premium tax credit.
It appears that Obama is actively considering yet another benefit and exemption for union members as well as his friends while ordinary American families who do not have that clout with the President suffer the personal and financial pain and the costs of Obamacare.