Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Cat Foundations Get ObamaCare Waivers

Michelle Obama and the Muppet Veggies,
brought to you by the Pew Charitable Trusts
The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a foundation worth $3 Billion. That's billion with a "B."

It is interesting that this major foundation shows up on Kathleen Sebelius's list of 1,040 organizations receiving waivers releasing them from ObamaCare regulations. After all, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the waivers exist for the purpose of "helping Americans keep the coverage they have." 

(That is, the coverage that Barack Hussein Obama assured the American people we are in no danger of losing due to ObamaCare. But I digress . . . .)

One would think that a foundation worth $3 Billion that exists for the express purpose of giving away money would be able to keep their employees covered by health insurance without the aid of a waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services.

I mean, the Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS expect you and I to maintain our own health insurance coverage without the aid of Kathleen Sebelius even though we are not (I think it is safe to say) worth $3 billion.

The selection of the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the honor of not having to comply with ObamaCare regulations also is interesting because Andrew Carnegie, who originally endowed the foundation with his fabulous wealth 100 years ago, famously believed in helping those who help themselves: giving to the "industrious and ambitious; not those who need everything done for them, but those who, being most anxious and able to help themselves, deserve and will be benefited by help from others." That's not exactly a public policy that this administration has endorsed, at least when it comes to benefiting industrious and ambitious small business owners.

On the other hand, America has learned to expect that members of Democrat-supporting unions of service and food workers, farm laborers, and members of the construction trades like electrical and iron workers, carpenters, bricklayers, and plumbers and pipefitters, as well as miners and workers in other industries, and even, (though it's a stretch) wine and liquor salesmen of New Jersey, will be rewarded for their support of ObamaCare, even though it means they are exempted from it, but does America really want to go the extra parsec to help foot the health-care bill for charitable foundations worth billions, like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (worth at least $9 Billion) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (worth $5 Billion)?

These foundations and the others granted waivers by Kathleen Sebelius exert enormous power of social engineering by directing huge sums of grant money to the activities and the types of research they are interested in promoting.

At present, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has special interests in health insurance reform and childhood obesity. Where have you heard about those recently? Among many other concerns, the Pew Charitable Trusts fund studies of great concern to this administration: including economic policy and public opinion, not to mention Public Broadcasting and the Muppets.


1 comment:

  1. Your part of the economy will stay healthy as long as you march in time to Obama.