Health Care Funding Questions

So I’m watching the Fox afternoon news (please note, Ed Factor!) and there is a Dem. congressman from New York talking about the impact of only passing a continuing resolution on the implementation of the new health care law.

The congressman said that this was a problem, but that people were happy that their kids could continue coverage, no denial for pre-existing, etc. – all those popular measures that were scheduled to go into effect early.  And that not having the omnibus spending bill, but only a CR, does jeopardize those provisions.  Yesterday on Fox, I saw a similar presentation suggesting that people could go to that ObamaCare google ad and ‘print out the list of benefits there and wave it in the face of corrupt insurers…’

BUT WAIT!!  (more after the jump)

WHAT ABOUT THE 46 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE UNIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GRANTED WAIVERS FROM THESE PROVISIONS BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO PAY THE EMPLOYER SHARE ON THESE NEW BENEFITS???

Anybody waving a benefits list in THEIR faces?  Or will the union members just assume that it’s the evil carrier that’s responsible?

Are our Congressment doing any education on this?  Or just spouting rhetoric?  How can we make these government worker waivers better known?

(Oh, and Ed?  I only heard about these waivers on Fox – did you miss them in YOUR chosen media?)

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  • edfactor

    Well, I was aware of the funding issue with the budget and healthcare (I heard about it on C-SPAN when the people were talking about the defeat of the omnibus bill which tried to front-load healthcare funding), but I did not know that the unions were granted waivers. (I am not surprised, but I am disgusted.)

    Does it surprise me that Fox would look for something with which to make universal healthcare and government unions look bad? Of course not! Confirming the existing beliefs of Republicans, even good beliefs, is their #1 job. (Don’t worry, I am an opponent of government employee unions and the kind of universal insurance that our state has and the country is faced with.)

    Is Fox always harmful? No. As they say: Even a broken clock is right twice a day. 🙂

    On another note: I hope you are at the RMG party tonight. It would be nice to meet you. (I enjoyed reading your blog.)

  • It just presented the Democrats.

    Like you, I had heard about the waivers a while ago, on Fox, and wondered why they WEREN’T talking about it or at least calling these Congressmen on it!

  • edfactor

    The waiver story did ring a bell. I thought I had heard it, but the memory wasn’t recent, so I thought I was wrong.

    Regardless, it is outrageous and I hope it gets more play from credible news sources.

    Republicans need to figure out what we are going to do to spread awareness about the power of the unions and the awful impact on government. It must be one of our top priorities.