Report: Administration denies unions’ request for Obamacare waiver

As Twitchy reported, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was all smiles on his way out of the White House today. While Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have been lobbying to have Obamacare defunded, big labor has instead hoped to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act until it can be taken back into the shop and “fixed” to their specifications. No sooner had the union leaders pulled away in their limos than the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein was reporting that no, there would be no waiver.

He wrote:

Tonight, the effort failed. A senior administration official tells me that the administration “does not see a legal way for individuals in multiemployer group health plans to receive individual market tax credits as well as the favorable tax treatment associated with employer-provided health insurance at the same time.” A Treasury Department letter is being released that lays out the administration’s reasoning in more detail.

  • Renny

    Obamacare. So great no one wants to be in it.

    • trixiewoobeans

      I’m not worthy! It’s too awesome for me! EXEMPT ME and graciously allow a low info voter to take my place in this awesome Carnival of Care!

      • Renny


  • Sakemoto

    Your chickens coming home to Roost Trumka? Funny how that worked out for you, you fat A-hole.

    • bobdog19006

      The problem with politicians these days is they won’t stay bought.

  • Cy

    I will laugh and laugh and laugh if the unions are forced to team up with Republicans to defund this disaster now. Normally I’d say there was no chance in hell, that a left wing group would rather be burned alive than admit a left wing president was wrong about anything even as that president is screwing their “cause” over, but unions tend to only look out for unions, so we might see it.

  • Brother bob

    Sure but they were all smiles..

    • ctmom

      Well, TRUMPKA’s health insurance is ok, its just the dues payers who will suffer.

    • trixiewoobeans

      What is said for the public, and what is done in back rooms, are two different things. Wouldn’t be surprised if a deal was done.

      • Weygand

        I daresay I fear you’re on the money with this.

      • V the K

        Yeah, cronyism and lawlessness is what Obamunism is all about.

      • maggiespat

        Exactly. All smiles leaving the meeting? You know a deal was brokered.

  • JustChuck57

    So, since when did the requirement to “see a legal way” deter any significant move by this administration?

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yeah, what’s up with that? That set off warning bells right there!

    • AceTrace

      And why would we believe that Obamabot tool Ezra Klein?

    • bobdog19006

      Oh, not to worry. Wait until the next round of contract negotiations. Unions will just force employers to make up the difference. That’s what they usually do.

  • stellatruman

    Great for them, but not me….of well, what is the saying ? Elections have consequences ?

  • 24fan

    well sorry unions. the dear leader decides to who get to have and who doesn’t. at least he thinks he does

  • Chris King

    dear union sheep: understand the term “useful idiot” better today?

  • JeffWRidge

    You reap what you sow. Now if only those idiots who pushed this monstrosity on us were the only ones who had to deal with it.

  • Defund NPR PBS & NEA

    The Admin may have denied the #Unions #ObamaCare waivers today… but let’s keep an eye the next couple of weeks! #Evolve #tcot

    • lainer51

      I agree… OBongo will cave – Trumka is one of his main squeezes…

      • Defund NPR PBS & NEA

        I am under no illusions… the #Unions will get what they want because the @GOP seems incapable of making a difference!

    • plaingolf

      Yep. It’s the old “tough guy winking” scam.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Exactly. We can’t just watch what they say, we have to find out what they actually do.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Never discount the willingness of the Union leadership to sell out their members for their own personal gain.

  • Maxx

    When you blindly follow someone, you normally get blindsided.

    This news puts a smile on my face….better than a cat video.

  • no_more_deceit

    Trumka has been whining for a while, you know he has a deal if Klein says they don’t, when has current administration told the truth about ANYTHING?

    • Roto

      Lucy…. football….

  • RedSoloCup

    Good, the union scum get to suffer with us “little people”!

  • Marty Luther

    Why do they call it Obamacare if Obama and his family will never have to use it?

  • keyboard jockey

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

    • plaingolf


  • ObamaFail

    The Unions did everything they could to get this guy elected twice and he stabs them in the back. Good. You morons put his ass in office, so suffer through his bad policies with the rest of us.

    • Zach Smith

      Don’t worry; there will be an accommodation. They will slip it under the table in a way that’s less obvious.

      • Jackalopes

        I don’t know about that. I’m more inclined to think that it’s a case of kicking the unions to the curb since the lame duck does not need them for a reelection.

        • Misanthrope

          There’s still the mid-terms next year; and the Democrats will still need organized labor after Obama’s gone.

  • Legal Immigrant in TX

    If this is so great, how come waivers are given?

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub


    • plaingolf


    • Roto

      kickbacks…. everything with Obama has a Chicagoan kickback

  • Joe W.

    Since Barky does not need the unions anymore, he shafts them…just like the rest of us schmucks.

  • gman213

    “Bend over this is your first appointment with ObamaCare!”

  • actionsspeaklouder

    I smell a rat – this administration lies to the people every day. You just know that something was agreed on. We’ll find out what the compromise was before too long.

  • socalcon

    The LameDuck-in-Chief no longer needs the Unions.

  • gman213

    Trumka: Now I know why his hands were on my shoulders when he was behind me”.

    • lainer51

      and those smiles tell it all!!!!!!!!!!!

    • o0Nighthawk0o


    • Roto

      “and didn’t even have the goddamn common courtesy to give me a reach around.”

  • Roto

    Unions must learn to use “contribution” for kickback, like Obama’s lawyers used “penalty” for tax.

  • Roto


  • stuckinIL4now

    But, but the SADministration found a way to “legally” exempt itself and its Congressional cronies…

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Gee, this thread has been up 3 hours and it hasn’t yet been swarmed by Truth Teams carefully explaining how wonderful it really is? They’re slipping.

    • Zach Smith

      It’s Friday night. Time to hit the bathhouses.

      • PennyRobinsonFanClub


  • 0bamasnought

    114% increase in the (expletive deleted), (expletive deleted), (expletive deleted) notice I received today, and double deductible for different levels of care.

    $500 a month increase, a month, a (expletive deleted) month. From under $400, to $875.

    Thanks, you filthy (expletive deleted) 0bama.

    You stink, and I Know BO is going back on the Web.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Yes, there is a God, and He has a great sense of humor. Ah, I love the smell of Schadenfreude in the evening. How does it feel to be treated like a peon, Trumka?? The stupid … It burns!

  • stellatruman

    I wonder how it feels to down vote posts here on this website…how insignificant it must feel at the end of a troll’s day…sorry Jay Carney that you have been reduced to this

  • Misanthrope

    I can’t believe Obama has the spine to stand up to one of his party’s most important constituencies; but if this holds up, he’s earned a hat tip.
    As for the unions: Go suck on it.

  • plaingolf

    Good for them! They have to eat the dish that they ordered.


    When it gets repealed, they should force unions to still take it.

    What assholes support something they don’t understand, then bitch about it?

    Why the hell do you think everyone else DIDN’T WANT IT!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I still smell a rat.

    • Roto

      That’s just some of Rahm Emanuel’s leftover dead fish

  • Roto

    Mr. Trumka, meet the United Mine Workers of America….

  • MarcusFenix

    These people got *exactly* what they voted for…and now the pendulum is swinging back the other way.

    Now it’s time they paid their Piper.

  • Dallas El Cazador

    Trumka just learned the old Frog and Scorpion tale is true in dealing with this President. There are no true allies or friends, only those needed to accomplish an end. Union membership is nosediving, so they’re not needed now. How’s that scorpion venom feel as you sink beneath the surface Dickie Boy?

  • Hi This Is My Username

    They made their bed, now it’s time for them to lay in it.

  • fivebyfive

    They’ll get what they want when you’re not looking

  • Paul C.

    It’s not about “We the people” it’s about the agenda, sorry Trumka.

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    Hitler used the unions until they were no longer useful to.

  • pajamakat

    Obama WILL find a way to exempt them. He will not take no for an answer. Do you he’s going to let the law get in his way ??

  • TocksNedlog

    And now a message for the unions. Ahem. . . . .
    YOU won; get over it!
    Thank you

  • Marvin Nelson

    Why haven’t we heard from Trumka? Something smells fishy here. I’ll bet a nickel that the administration is up to something.

    • Sandra Arnold Carroll

      Yeah I can smell it too!!!

  • disqus_BktOMwqkBg

    @sunnyright needs to do some cardio so he doesn’t run out of air so soon.

  • Wiki David

    Key word… “legally”.

  • OLLPOH ~ #UnBanPaulieWalnuts

    ooooOOOOOO Frickin’ NOOOOOooooo…
    Here’s you some hankies…for your nose blowing…we use tissues in the
    O’BoehnerCare Cryin’ Club. Welcome New Member to Reality….like the rest of us.

  • tarandfeatherthecrooks

    Who is next? Under Obama’s bus, classic by Zo Nation on pjtv

  • tarandfeatherthecrooks

    Could it be they don’t need the Unions anymore because they’ve already pilfered the Union Pensions?