The Obama administration through Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) steadily gives competitive advantages to Big Labor. Benefits for top political donors of the administration are lavished with handouts and job opportunities. The latest provision in Obamacare is a two-for-one in favor of Big Labor.
Background of advantages dealt to Big Labor through Obamacare so far:
- 40 percent of health care waivers went to unions, while unions represent only 11.9 percent of workforce;
- ERRP, a $5 billion taxpayer-subsidy program for early-retirement medical costs — the UAW was the top recipient at $206.8 million;
- Overall, it keeps union benefit funds solvent.
Obamacare disproportionately subsidizes and maintains unions’ health care coverage. Section 4101 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the latest federal government concession for Big Labor. The provision awards federal grants to construct and supply school-based health centers (SBHC) within states. These programs received $50 million for fiscal years 2010-2013.