SEIU (pronounced “HYP-o-crites”)

Posted by: Phineas on February 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

After fighting tooth-and-nail to get ObamaCare passed and then fighting even more to prevent its repeal, the far-Left Service Employees International Union is asking to be excused from its requirements, because they’re a hardship:

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.

Proponents of the law argue that some limited-benefits health plans should be exempted temporarily from phaseout because it would cause low-income and part-time workers to lose insurance or see their premiums rise.

A spokesman for SEIU referred questions about the union waivers to a fact sheet on its website.

According to SEIU, the overwhelming majority of its members are covered by health plans that comply with the law’s requirements.

Some of its chapters have obtained waivers, the union concedes, but notes the waivers were anticipated by Democrats who passed the law.

“The waiver process is a key part of healthcare reform because it helps ensure that workers won’t lose their employer-provided health coverage,” SEIU states on its website.

Well, cry me a river of crocodile tears. Maybe if the union hadn’t helped pass ram this unconstitutional monstrosity down our throats  in the first place, those low-wage workers it claims to be so concerned about wouldn’t be in danger of losing their coverage — thanks to SEIU and its progressive-statist allies.

“Hypocrisy” doesn’t begin to cover it.

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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “SEIU (pronounced “HYP-o-crites”)”


  1. NC Cop says:

    “And THAT’S the Chicago way!!!”

  2. Tex says:

    Just another blaring example of how unions demand that the vast majority of people in this country who are not in unions and have no hope of retirement suffer heavier tax burdens so the union members can continue to enjoy their lucrative retirement packages. But no doubt the Democrats will make it their life calling to make sure SEIU is excused from any financial burdens caused by the healthcare bill and off load the union’s share of the tax burden onto the backs of the non-union workers in this country.

  3. nina says:

    A bunch of corrupt communists in the unions and the administration.

  4. Carlos says:

    A shining example of elitist, intellectual leftist ideology that starts with “Fine for thee, but not for me.”

    One would figure that an intellectual like Obhammud might question the benefits of such legislation since the workers it purports to benefit seek exclusion (however temporary) from its “benefits.”

    Could be the real intended purpose of the legislation isn’t what it was announced as?

  5. proof says:

    Some animals are more equal than others.

  6. MissJean says:

    The states should do to SEIU what the State of Michigan did to its labor unions. Current teachers, for example, now pay 3% of their salary to a health-care account for retirees – CURRENT retirees. In the legislation is the stipulation that the people paying in have no guarantee that the money will be there for them when they retire. Combined with higher deductibles, this policy makes young teachers leery of any union call for special “deals”.

    Do the same to SEIU. They can have their special health care. They just have to pay a bigger percentage of it than their employers do, with higher deductibles, etc. Best yet if it amounts to a 10% reduction in pay.

  7. Steve Skubinna says:

    “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.”

  8. Kate says:

    I believe that somewhere in that gigantic Obama care bill there are probably loopholes for the SEIU that they just haven’t gotten to read yet…ask Nancy.