It's getting ridiculous now. If you want an indication of how good ObamaCare is for anybody who comes into contact with it (including the economy) just look at the list of companies, unions and entities that have - because they know someone - received waivers exempting them from the tragic pitfalls of the terrible law.
We've just seen an addition of 500 more:
While the Democrats continued to extol Obamacare and the president defended the behemoth law during the Date of the Union, HHS was quietly presiding over a massive Obamacare Waiver-mania explosion.
When last we examined the growing list, privileged escapees topped 222.
Now: The list now at 729 - plus 4 states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee).
Among the many new union refugees are 4 new SEIU locals :
-SEIU Health and Welfare fund, 2000 with 161 enrollees
-Service Employees 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund* representing 7,020 enrollees
-SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund representing 2,000 enrollees
-SEIU Health & Welfare Fund representing 1,620
This is in addition to the three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees.
182 union waivers have now been issued (hat tip: Rick Moran).
Over 2 million workers have been exempted from the law's requirements thanks to these waivers (hat tip: Michelle Malkin).
And perhaps the biggest kicker:
A snort-worthy new escapee: Obamacare sympathizers at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose board of trustees includes Obama health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle.
It's why the Republican sponsored legislation that says all lawmakers will be subject to the laws they write for the rest of us is so important. People like U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, whose pride causes him to continue to impotently attempt to defend this horrible law, should be asked why it is becoming clear that all the president's friends and cronies are being exempted while the rest of us are being stuck with it.