GOP senators call on Obama to kill O-Care union 'carveout'

Republican senators are demanding the Obama administration rescind a “carveout” for unions in new ObamaCare regulations. 

Twenty-five GOP senators — including Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Kentucky Republican committee rejects resolution urging McConnell to condemn Trump impeachment Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE (Ky.) and Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (Tenn.), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers MORE (S.D.) and Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE (Utah) — signed a letter, sent Thursday, to express “deep disappointment” that the administration “has approved a final rule creating an unwarranted special carveout benefiting certain unions over other Americans.”


In the letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the senators said she should pull back on the rule or they would attempt to block it with legislation.

“We demand that the rule be immediately rescinded or we will consider using options such as the Congressional Review Act (‘CRA’) to stop the rule from going into effect,” the Republicans wrote.

The rule in question was issued March 5 by the administration and dealt with the Affordable Care Act’s “reinsurance fee.” The fee taxes health plans from 2014 to 2016 to help stabilize the individual insurance market as sick patients come on board.

Under the revised regulations, certain self-insured plans, which are used by some unions, would be excluded from having to pay the fee.

Unions have bristled at the healthcare reform law, with the AFL-CIO passing a resolution at its convention last September criticizing ObamaCare.

Republicans have seen the new rules as a gift to labor, traditionally a political ally of President Obama, but many union officials have said the new rule will do nothing to help their members.

In addition, labor and business have united behind legislation to end the reinsurance fee for all health plans.