Skip to comments.Unions Supported ObamaCare, Now Some Don't
Posted on 01/31/2013 5:13:14 PM PST by Kaslin
Now that ObamaCare is actually happening, labor unions who made a big push for the legislation three years ago are no longer rallying behind it. Unions are seeing healthcare promises made by President Obama broken left and right in the form of higher costs, more bureaucracy, loss of doctors Obama promised they could keep, slashing of healthcare benefits and more.
Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26.
To offset that, the nation's largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.
During the crafting of ObamaCare, many labor groups begged for an exemption or waiver from the law and are still asking for one today despite publicly supporting Obama from start to finish.
In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans. Contacted for this article, Obama administration officials said the issue is subject to regulations still being written.
ome 20 million Americans are covered by the health-care plans at issue in labor's push for subsidies. The plans are jointly managed by unions and employers and used mostly by small companies. They are popular in industries such as construction or trucking or hotels, where workers' hours fluctuate. By contrast, unionized workers at big employers such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. tend to have a more traditional insurance arrangement run through only one employer.
Top officers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and other large labor groups plan to keep pressing the Obama administration to expand the federal subsidies to these jointly run plans, warning that unionized employers may otherwise drop coverage.
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It should be noted ObamaCare opponents warned about these problems before the legislation was even written not to mention passed. Over to you, Michelle Malkin:
Thursdays With Michelle Malkin - Unions Want OUT of Obamacare! - Fox & Friends -
"Let them eat Twinkies."
What’s up with the Neanderthals? ObamaCare has the “union label” all over it.
Unions grab their own goodies and other citizens be damned until it hits the unionistas in their own keisters and then their moaning begins.
Oh boo-hoo! Serves them all right for believing the lies.
Maybe some unions will not stop supporting Democrats.....nah, that isn't going to happen.
But do you think the unions will wise up and abandon the Democrats.
Not a chance. They just keep going back to the Democrats for more and more federal dollars. Give us the subsidies that you give the poor. Fools! Where do you think that money comes from?
You cant keep bleeding the golden goose and expect it to keep laying golden eggs. The golden goose is an emaciated shadow these days. It can hold out much longer.
I’m wondering how they’ll spin this to claim it’s all the Republicans’ fault. They’ll do it — no doubt about it.
The unions want to unionize all healthcare workers. More union members = more dues $$$ = more political power. ObamaCare is just a means to an end: single payer federalized healthcare.
So what's a couple hundred billion $$ a year more...no problem.
Call Lew and Bernanke, get it handled.
I hate to break the news to the union (workers), but Obamacare is LAW OF THE LAND. Perhaps they should have spent less time HATING conservatives and a bit more time listening to us.
You voted for the impossible, now suck it up.
You can always change jobs if you are worth more; but you can never fix stupid!
It’s a little damned late since they not only supported it, they supported the same sons of bitches who passed it AGAIN.
“Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive.”
The unions made their workers less competitive on their own; 50 years from now they’ll say the decline of unions started with Obamacare, and there won’t be many around to know the truth.
It just feels like that sometimes