Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union, whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law. The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama's hometown of Chicago. The waivers allow health insurance plans to limit how much they will spend on a policy holder's medical coverage for a given year. Under the new healthcare law, however, such annual limits are phased out by the year 2014. Under HHS regulations, annual limits can be no less than $750,000 for 2011, no less than $1.25 million in 2012 and no less than $2 million in 2013. The SEIU, with more than 2 million members nationally, includes healthcare workers, janitors, security guards, and state and local government workers. The three SEIU locals, covering a total of 36,064 enrollees, are covered by the federal waivers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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