SEIU buys Obamacare waivers 

Via Glenn Reynolds, I see that three SEIU chapters have been granted waivers from Obamacare:

Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law.

The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

The waivers allow health insurance plans to limit how much they will spend on a policy holder’s medical coverage for a given year. Under the new health care law, however, such annual limits are phased out by the year 2014. (Under HHS regulations, annual limits can be no less than $750,000 for 2011, no less than $1.25 million in 2012 and no less than $2 million in 2013.)

Of course, $27 million from their PAC is a drop in the bucket compared to the total amount the SEIU spent on Obama and Democrats in 2008. And let's not forget that Patrick Gaspard, the new Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and former Political Director of the Obama White House, is the former top lobbyist for the SEIU.

Something tells me that it's a lot easier for the SEIU to get waivers from Obamacare than most.

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