interesting. Huge Corps., and 6 of 10 of the recipients are Public sector Emp. Unions.... So, how is the helpful ala Obamacare, or bending the cost curve etc.? Health Law Payments 10:16 am April 3, 2011, by Jamie Dupree Facing questions from both parties in the Congress, the Obama Administration has now revealed how it has spent over $1.7 billion on part of the Obama health law, known as the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. This plan is intended to help companies pay the cost of health care for their early retirees, but lawmakers say it is wrongly benefiting companies like AT&T and General Electric, who have billions in profits on their bottom lines. You might also notice as you go through this lengthy list, that some states which are currently suing the federal government over the Obama health law, are also getting money for their state retirement funds - Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, South Dakota and Wyoming have money coming directly to their retiree programs (there are also other states getting money for public employee unions in their states.) One other important note is that the $5 billion part of the Obama health law was supposed to last until 2014, when the health reform law takes full effect - but, at this rate, the early retiree program will run out of money much sooner - so the feds say they will stop taking applications for this money at the end of April. more at-http://blogs.ajc.com/jamie-dupree-washington-insider/2011/04/03/health-law-payments/ Here is the list of unions, companies, state and local governments and other business entities who received money under the Obama health law for their early retiree reinsurance health programs: United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust 206,798,086 AT&T, Inc. 140,022,949 Verizon Communications Inc. 91,702,538 Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio 70,557,764 Teacher Retirement System of Texas 68,074,118 Georgia Department of Community Health 57,936,127 California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) 57,834,267 State of New York 47,869,044 State of New Jersey Treasury Department, Pension Accounting Services Department 38,622,698 General Electric Company 36,607,818 Employees Retirement System of Texas 30,175,627 Commonwealth of Kentucky 29,666,516 South Carolina Budget & Control Board Employee Insurance Program 27,142,502 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 24,522,631 State of Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System 22,620,604 State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio 20,334,357 State of Michigan 20,247,338 General Motors, LLC 19,002,669 The Boeing Company 18,759,499 I stopped counting at 40...the links contains the list,its huge.