ByÂ Paul Conner, The Daily Caller
Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the presidentâ€™s health care reform law since the Obama administration tightened application rules last summer.
Documents released in a classic Friday afternoonÂ news dumpÂ show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from PresidentÂ Barack Obamaâ€˜s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.
By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.
The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of controversial news reports, includingÂ The Daily Callerâ€™s storyÂ that nearly 20 percent of last Mayâ€™s waivers went to businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosiâ€™s district in California.
The labor unions receiving waivers include those that are monitored under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, and those that are not. The waivers granted since June 17 are valid until 2013, but recipients must make sure their employees understand the â€œlimits of their coverage,â€ according to HHS documents.
HHS granted waivers on a year-by-year basis under its initial application process, but waivers granted after June 17 are valid for a maximum of two-and-a-half years.
By and large, unions backed the health care overhaul, a law from which nearly a half million of their workers are now exempt.
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