Former President of the Service Employees International Union, Andy Stern, was among the top visitors to the White House in the early days of the Obama Administration. Stern and SEIU were among the biggest backers of Obama's health care reform efforts.
Now, not only has SEIU New York chapter received a waiver exempting it from the new health care law, they are dropping coverage for the children of the poorest of their workers. From the Wall Street Journal:
One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements.
The fund informed its members late last month that their dependents will no longer be covered as of Jan. 1, 2011. Currently about 6,000 children are covered by the benefit fund, some until age 23.
“In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi wrote in a letter to members Oct. 22. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
So much for Obama's promise that if you like your current health care plan you can keep it!
Meanwhile, union executives who have gold plated or "Cadillac" health care plans which were exempted from the same taxation other Americans with similar benefits face under Obama Care are free to continue enjoying the fruits of other people's labor!