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Obamacare Scorned By IRS Employees Union
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IRS agents are in charge of enforcing Obamacare on the America people, but they apparently don’t want it enforced on themselves.

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents about 100,000 IRS workers, is trying to launch an old-school letter-writing campaign to enable the workers to get a carve-out from Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act.. According to the Washington Examiner, union leadership is providing rank-and-file members with a form letter to send to Rep. Dave Camp, the House Ways and Means Committee Chair, that reads as follows: “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”

In response to this effort, Rep. Camp’s spokeswoman said that “If the Obamacare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress and federal employees.”

Organized labor a.k.a. Big Labor — in both the public and private sectors — ironically was one of the vocal constituencies lobbying for Obamacare when it was narrowly passed by Congress in late 2009 on a straight party-line vote when Democrats controlled both chambers. A number of unions have since concluded, however, that the law actually makes health insurance unaffordable. Over 1,000 unions and other politically connected organizations also received temporary waivers from the law’s provisions.

The Center for Public Integrity has reported that Internal Revenue Service union has provided strong financial backing for President Obama’s two national campaigns for office. “President Barack Obama collected more than $110,000 from employees of the Internal Revenue Service during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns — significantly more money than any other contemporary political candidate.” It has also been reported that IRS lawyers in particular donated to the Obama campaign over the Romney campaign by a ratio of approximately 20 to 1.

According to the National Review, the IRS union distributes a lot campaign cash to congressional candidates too. The NETU “which represents 150,000 federal employees across 31 agencies, including the IRS. The union endorsed Obama in both of his presidential runs and operates a political-action committee (PAC) that has donated $1.63 million to federal candidates and committees since 2008, more than 96 percent of it to help elect Democrats. During that period, IRS employees have contributed more than $67,000 to the PAC.”

The IRS has since been engulfed in scandal involving political targeting of opponents of the Obama administration, including but no limited to leaking confidential information, as well as wasteful spending.
As far as the consequences of Obamacare itself, self-named “health ranger” Mike Adams recently offered this three-point summary on the Natural News website. “Obamacare is, at its core, anti-free-trade and monopolistic because it forces all Americans to buy a product that is only offered by a cabal of medical monopolists who prioritize profits over people… Secondly, Obamacare is causing health insurance prices to skyrocket nationwide, with 200% – 400% price increases being routinely reported… Such exploding costs will cause fewer and fewer Americans to be able to obtain even basic health care services such as routine checkups and early detection tests… Finally, Obamacare does nothing to provide for real disease prevention via nutrition or holistic strategies that stave off long-term disease treatment costs by investing in near-term prevention strategies.”

Does it surprise you that IRS workers want no part of Obamacare for their own health insurance coverage? Do you think it is healthy for our democracy that government unions give virtually their entire support to one political party?


Obamacare is going to implode upon itself regardless of how much Democrats attempt to demonize anyone, especially a Republican for reaching out to repeal this train wreck.

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Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 21:26 PM

Today's hypocrisy brought to you by the letters I, R, and S.
The IRS may be tasked with enforcing Obamacare, but its employee union doesn't seem to care for the law. This is no surprise. If you had a nice, cushy insurance plan through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, would you want to be forced into one of the Affordable Care Act's god-awful exchanges? Of course not.
So, the National Treasury Employee Union is suggesting that its 150,000 members (including 100,000 in the IRS) write their Congressmen and let them know that while they may enforce Obamacare, they'd prefer not to be bound by it. They're deeply concerned that pending legislation may force them to get coverage from an exchange, just like the great, unwashed masses over which they rule.
H.R. 1780 was introduced by Republican Dave Camp as a reaction to rumors that, once again, the feds were cutting backroom deals to exempt themselves from Obamacare's provisions.
The union is supplying workers with a form letter so they can alert their representatives and Senators. It reads:
I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 21:28 PM

I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day. One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits. Please let me know your views on this legislation. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Obamacare may make it too costly for your employer to continue coverage, and you might be forced to work part-time so that your employer can force you into the exchanges, but that's your problem. These people work for the government. They're buoyed by a supposedly bottomless pit of cash that they confiscate from the American people.
They're proud of the work they do. These vital services include facilitating wealth redistribution, holding extravagant training conventions, and making bad Star Trek movies. Why, if they weren't doing their jobs, who'd harass conservatives via the tax code?
These workers are heroes, and they've earned their perks. It's simply unconscionable that they might someday face a scenario where they'll be treated like one of their subjects.

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