Preventing Obamacare Carve-outs for Unions

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-09-12 14:40:08
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, This week, I co-sponsored the *Union Bailout Prevention Act*, which would prevent the Obama administration from granting unions� requests for special Obamacare premium tax subsidies for union members' health care plans. The bill was introduced by Senator John Thune, R-S.D., and comes in response to reports that the Obama administration is working on regulations to address criticisms raised by unions about the health care law.�If the Obama administration grants this special treatment, union members with health plans known as Taft-Hartley plans would receive taxpayer-subsidized premium tax credits on top of generous union plans that already receive the employer tax exclusion, ultimately forcing taxpayers to double-subsidize union members� health plans.� While many believe Section 1301 of the health care law clearly states that multi-employer union health plans are not a qualified health plan, and union employees in these plans are not eligible for premium tax credits, unions are still seeking a way around this language. This bill would make it abundantly clear that there is no way for the administration to provide a special fix to appease union pleas.� This administration�s blatant favoritism toward labor organizations undermines the hard work and efforts of small business owners and non-union individuals across America. This is yet another reason why I support a full repeal of Obamacare. While we must address the skyrocketing costs of health care, we must do so for all Americans, not just labor-union members.�I hope President Obama will realize that taxing many to pay for the privileges of a few is unacceptable. I have voted to defund or repeal Obamacare repeatedly and will continue to support its full repeal [link 1]. I am a co-sponsor of numerous legislative proposals that would repeal the law in full or provisions in the law, including both the Obamacare Repeal Act (S.177) and the Defund Obamacare Act (S.1292).� In addition, this week I have also co-sponsored the *Obamacare Delay Act* [link 2] which would delay all provisions of Obamacare taking effect on January 1, 2014 and delay all Obamacare taxes for one year. I am ready to continue to work with my Senate colleagues to develop transparent and measured reforms to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable healthcare. Also, for the latest updates on Syria, please visit my website www.chambliss.senate.gov/ [link 3]. Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Chambliss in the News: AJC: Inside Intel on chemical use bolsters Chambliss' support of attack on Syria [link 4] AJC: Op-Ed: High time to do what's right [link 5] Macon Telegraph: Political figures gather in Macon to honor Chambliss [link 6] Chambliss responds to the president's remarks on Syria [link 7]
September 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, I co-sponsored the Union Bailout Prevention Act, which would prevent the Obama administration from granting unions� requests for special Obamacare premium tax subsidies for union members' health care plans. The bill was introduced by Senator John Thune, R-S.D., and comes in response to reports that the Obama administration is working on regulations to address criticisms raised by unions about the health care law. If the Obama administration grants this special treatment, union members with health plans known as Taft-Hartley plans would receive taxpayer-subsidized premium tax credits on top of generous union plans that already receive the employer tax exclusion, ultimately forcing taxpayers to double-subsidize union members� health plans. 

While many believe Section 1301 of the health care law clearly states that multi-employer union health plans are not a qualified health plan, and union employees in these plans are not eligible for premium tax credits, unions are still seeking a way around this language. This bill would make it abundantly clear that there is no way for the administration to provide a special fix to appease union pleas. 

This administration�s blatant favoritism toward labor organizations undermines the hard work and efforts of small business owners and non-union individuals across America. This is yet another reason why I support a full repeal of Obamacare. While we must address the skyrocketing costs of health care, we must do so for all Americans, not just labor-union members. I hope President Obama will realize that taxing many to pay for the privileges of a few is unacceptable.

I have voted to defund or repeal Obamacare repeatedly and will continue to . I am a co-sponsor of numerous legislative proposals that would repeal the law in full or provisions in the law, including both the Obamacare Repeal Act (S.177) and the Defund Obamacare Act (S.1292).  In addition, this week I have also co-sponsored the which would delay all provisions of Obamacare taking effect on January 1, 2014 and delay all Obamacare taxes for one year.

I am ready to continue to work with my Senate colleagues to develop transparent and measured reforms to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Also, for the latest updates on Syria, please visit my website Very Truly Yours,

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