CEI Weekly: Special Interests Walk Away With Multi-Million Dollar Obamacare Handouts

Friday, May 6, 2011




Feature: The now-broke Early Retirement Reinsurance Program benefitted major corporations and labor unions---and no one else.

FEATURED STORY: Special Interests Walk Away With Multi-Million Dollar Obamacare Handouts


Today, May 6th, is the last day that businesses and unions can apply for the Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (ERRP). ERRP is an Obamacare program intended to help employers cover costs for early retireees. It was supposed to last until 2014, but it stopped taking on new applicants far ahead of schedule. That's probably because groups like the United Auto Workers cashed in early and walked away with millions---in UAW's case, hundreds of millions---of taxpayer dollars. CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio last week exposed ERRP waste in a National Review op-ed. This week, Vernuccio revisited the issue in BigGovernment to mark the final week of the expensive, short-lived program.





Maryland's BPA Ban Exposes Children to Greater Risks Than the Chemical Itself

Angela Logomasini's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun


The NLRB Overreaches--Once Again

Iain Murray and Ivan Osorio's op-ed in Real Clear Markets


Ten Thousand Commandments: How Much Regulation Is Enough?

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


Free Trade Agreements Don't Kill Jobs

Ryan Young's op-ed in The Daily Caller


The Washington Post's Junky Rant Against Princess Catherine's Entrepreneurial Family

John Berlau's op-ed in The Daily Caller


DOJ's Poker Shutdown: Holding on to Americans' Money

Michelle Minton's op-ed in The Daily Caller


Do Americans Care About Climate Change Anymore?

Myron Ebell's citation in U.S. News & World Report


Princess Entrepreneur
John Berlau's citation in The Times of India






May 5, 2011: Salt


Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at China’s experience with high-speed rail, and finds that it may not be a very good deal for the United States. Costs are so high that revenues don’t even cover the interest on the $271 billion of debt that high-speed rail has incurred for China.