Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hypocrisy: SEIU Fights Obamacare Repeal After Getting Exemption Waivers

Yesterday, Senate Democrats voted down a repeal of Obamacare. They were strongly supported by lobbying from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEIU is one of many unions to request and receive an exemption from some aspects of Obamacare.
(The Hill)- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is lobbying hard against the amendment offered by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to repeal the healthcare reform law.
SEIU has sent e-mails to Senate offices urging lawmakers to vote against the proposal to unwind President Obama’s signature domestic initiative.
“A vote in support of this amendment is a vote to raise out-of-pocket healthcare costs for working families and takes away critical consumer protections provided to Americans for the first time,” SEIU urged senators, according to a copy of the e-mail obtained by The Hill.
The lobby informed senators that a vote for McConnell’s amendment would count against them on its legislative scorecard.
SEIU’s outspoken defense of the law has prompted charges of hypocrisy from Republicans, given that some of the union’s chapters have sought waivers exempting them from a key provision of the law requiring the phaseout of health plans with low caps on annual benefits.

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