With the new waivers, that means 1,168 businesses, insurers, unions and other organizations have received one-year exemptions from a healthcare reform provision requiring at least $750,000 in annual benefits.
Half of them went to unions
Almost half of the new round of waivers were given to union health benefit programs, a fact that is sure spur new complaints from health law critics in the Congress, who see these waivers as evidence that the Obama health plan is flawed.
Among the unions that were recently approved for waivers:
Teamsters Local 237 in New York, covering over 51,000 workers Carpenters District Council of Kansas City Welfare Plan, for 20,898 workers Southeastern Iron Workers, for 5,143 policies Minneapolis Retail Meat Cutters and Food Handlers for 10,720 the Fulton Fish Market Welfare Fund for 1,211