Sen. John Thune Grills Burwell Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Unions

‘As a matter of fairness in the way that this is implemented, carving out favored groups shouldn’t be the modus operandi’

Thune Questions Burwell About Obamacare Exemptions for Unions (Washington Free Beacon)

Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) questioned Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Sylvia Burwell Wednesday about the Obama administration’s call on exempting specific union plans from Obamacare’s reinsurance tax.

Burwell is the current White House director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“I’m simply saying is that as a matter of fairness in the way that this is implemented, carving out favored groups shouldn’t be the modus operandi,” Thune said. “We ought to be going about this in a way that treats everybody fairly under the law, and I don’t think you can argue based on the number of exemptions, the number of carve-outs, the number of delays that have been issued already, that that’s the case. This particular one was a rule that was issued by OMB under your direction.”

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