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Unions Supported ObamaCare, Now Some Don't
Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

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.

FLASHBACK: AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka touts driving ObamaCare "down the Republican's throat" and praises Nancy Pelosi for pushing through the legislation.

AFL-CIO Boss on Obamacare: 'We Drove it Down the Republican's Throat'

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 -


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: obamacare; unions; unions0care; unionsobamacare
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To: Anybody

Yep


21 posted on 01/31/2013 6:01:45 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Hi BG, been a long time and so good to “see” you!
Notice that I didn’t put “nobody”, lol


22 posted on 01/31/2013 6:20:45 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Kaslin

In the meantime, the political elites who pulled every dirty trick possible o push it down America’s throat are laying low.

It seems that the people who can’t wait to claim credit for everything under the sun that they think makes them look good, don’t want the credit for this.

I wonder why?


23 posted on 01/31/2013 6:46:16 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Kaslin
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.

Let's call it what it REALLY is: As a sitting President of the United States, Obama committed fraud against the citizens of this country.

Sad thing is, it is neither the first nor last time he has done it. Citizens cannot lie to the government but they pi$$ on us with their lies every day . . . ESPECIALLY Obama.

24 posted on 01/31/2013 7:17:43 PM PST by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: RatRipper
"As a sitting President of the United States, Obama committed fraud against the citizens of this country."

...and the media committed fraud to create and elect him. Now the question is; "What was is their purpose?"

25 posted on 01/31/2013 7:52:05 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: potlatch
Notice that I didn’t put “nobody”, lol

HAR! Yes, I did (not) notice that (till you pointed it out! :)

Hope all's well with you?

26 posted on 01/31/2013 8:07:44 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Sent you a FReepmail BG


27 posted on 01/31/2013 8:20:12 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

Sent ya one back, pot. Latch.


28 posted on 01/31/2013 8:36:24 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Kaslin

There is only ONE thing to know about how GREAT Obamacare is........CONGRESS HAS EXEMPTED THEMSELVES FROM IT....and OBAMA WILL NEVER BE ON IT!!!


29 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:22 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Kaslin

Unions: “We backed you even as you were plunging a knife into us. Now, please take the knife out and just continue to screw all the other folks. Hey. Can you hear me? Did you just hang up? I’m not believing this - you PROMISED. Crap, we’re screwed just like the rest. How in the Hell did this happen?”


30 posted on 02/01/2013 5:01:26 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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