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Union leaders: ObamaCare will “destroy the very health and wellbeing” of America’s working class
HotAir.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/15/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

Bear in mind that Big Labor went to bat for ObamaCare in a big way throughout the months-long debate over its passage. When Tea Party activists demonstrated to raise opposition to the legislation, unions like the Teamsters counterprotested, sometimes violently, in an attempt to intimidate conservatives into acquiescence. Unions spent big money in the 2010 election hoping to protect Democrats from the consequences of their votes on ObamaCare, arguing that the bill would help the working class by sticking it to insurers and fat cats.

Now that the law is about to be implemented, though, it suddenly looks awful to union leaders like Teamsters president James Hoffa, UFCW president Joseph Hanson, and UNITE-HERE president D. Taylor. The Wall Street Journal published a letter on Friday that the union leaders sent to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi expressing shock, shock that a massive and expensive government intervention would screw up the labor market:

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The union heads are only worried now because their members are finally going to impacted by their own actions...the law of unintended consequences.
1 posted on 07/15/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike
We told ya so.
2 posted on 07/15/2013 9:34:08 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Talk about hypocrisy. I wish Obamacare would only be for the unions and any other fools who want it.


3 posted on 07/15/2013 9:35:42 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Didn’t these union morons support nobama and nobamacare? Fools!


4 posted on 07/15/2013 9:37:16 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Uh, isn't that what we've been trying to get through your thick skulls all along? You called anyone who opposed Obamacare racist, didn't you? Well what does that now make you?

The partisan fruit was just too delicious at the time to stand aside and listen to reason, wasn't it?

5 posted on 07/15/2013 9:37:47 AM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Chickens?
Roost?


6 posted on 07/15/2013 9:38:15 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“The union heads are only worried now because their members are finally going to impacted by their own actions...the law of unintended consequences”

By the time it is implemented, ALL union members will be exempt.


7 posted on 07/15/2013 9:38:58 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

It would almost be worth watching this pile of poop go into effect just to watch the Unions squeal.

You have to be careful what you wish for though, and Obamacare is going to ruin the Health Care of us all.

The Unions backed this Muslim pile of trash because they were looking at their Pensions, their bargaining process , and pay raises. Now they see that Obama and his idiot ideas are hurting them, They wouldn’t listen, they had to have this scum.


8 posted on 07/15/2013 9:39:24 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Union leaders: ObamaCare will “destroy the very health and wellbeing” of America’s working class”

Well duh!

Welcome to the party geniuses...while you all were working hard and giving your money to your union and your union was spending your money to get “the one” elected and re-elected. Pay attention next time or don’t vote.


9 posted on 07/15/2013 9:39:32 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Stupidity has unintended consequences for unions !!


10 posted on 07/15/2013 9:39:46 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

"And you let it on the ship!"

11 posted on 07/15/2013 9:42:01 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (To attempt to have intercourse with a hornet's nest is a very bad idea)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Union leaders: ObamaCare will “destroy the very health and wellbeing” of America’s working class

Duh.

Even Union Bosses are Useful Idiots, but they can use members dues for their health care. Even less for the rest of the union morons.

12 posted on 07/15/2013 9:43:28 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Attention union goons.....you reap what you sow....deal with it you morons. You got what you voted for why are you crying now?


13 posted on 07/15/2013 9:45:55 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: hal ogen

For the life of me I can’t understand how unions favor the RAT candidate. If you look at the policies that the RATS favor, they are against capitalism, which creates jobs that employ workers. If the unions were smart they would realize that and switch to the “right” side of the equation. Better fiscal and regulatory policies means that more business is created and more people need to be hired. High school economics.


14 posted on 07/15/2013 9:50:18 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I wish people would get their heads out of their butts and their noses out of everyones business)
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To: rockabyebaby

15 posted on 07/15/2013 9:50:46 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Yea we know, you fools.


16 posted on 07/15/2013 9:51:41 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Jokes on us as well, though.


17 posted on 07/15/2013 9:52:08 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Is this the group of unionistas that want to keep their multi-employer plans and also have the lower paid union members go into the exchanges?


18 posted on 07/15/2013 9:55:00 AM PDT by ebersole
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To: Hotlanta Mike
These union bosses spent their members dues money supporting Obamacare and the politicians who wrote the bill and voted for its passage. They sent union members on buses to demonstrate and threaten opponents. They packed public meetings and shouted down citizens trying to ask questions about the bill.

Now they are finally starting to figure out how much it will hurt their members they are trying to cover their asses. These people betrayed their own membership in order to gain favor with Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

19 posted on 07/15/2013 9:55:57 AM PDT by detective
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To: Hotlanta Mike

They only cared about the “win”. Now they realize they won the booby prize.


20 posted on 07/15/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Dear union leaders,
Obama doesn’t give a $#!+ about you, either.


21 posted on 07/15/2013 10:03:54 AM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: Hotlanta Mike

ON THE COUNT OF THREE LETS SAY AN “AWWW POOR BABY” to the Unions...
1... 2... 3.... :-)


22 posted on 07/15/2013 10:09:43 AM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Unions convince their members how to vote and now they are reaping their ignorance.


23 posted on 07/15/2013 10:10:43 AM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: Hotlanta Mike
The Union Leadership wanted 0bama.

Well . . . they have him.

24 posted on 07/15/2013 10:10:59 AM PDT by YHAOS
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Or they realize it’s going to take too long to unionize healthcare workers as they were promised or they suspect obamacare won’t even get around to doing that because ... the unions will support obungler etal anyway.


25 posted on 07/15/2013 10:21:55 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I work in a closed SEIU workplace (a hospital). And the dumbasses I work with want to blame hospital administration for the mess Obamacare is creating. They just can’t or won’t see the connection between their voting behavior and their situation.


26 posted on 07/15/2013 10:26:24 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: Hotlanta Mike; Grampa Dave; tubebender; budwiesest; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

THE DEVIL is NOT JUST in the details of ObamaCare!!!


27 posted on 07/15/2013 10:30:48 AM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Sooooo—What exact event finally took the blindfolds off the Unions???

Have they finally realized that Congress & their employees are exempt from Obamacare???


28 posted on 07/15/2013 10:41:53 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Hotlanta Mike

So maybe something as evil as obamacare can have a positive aspect.


29 posted on 07/15/2013 11:29:23 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Teamsters Applaud Enactment of Health Care Reform

March 23, 2010

Hoffa Urges Senate To Pass Exemptions for Tax on Insurance Plans

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today applauded President Obama and Congress for enacting historic health care reform, providing health insurance to millions of Americans who don’t have it and controlling costs for millions more who do.

Hoffa urged the Senate to swiftly pass a companion bill to the House measure that includes President Obama’s proposal to exempt all Americans from an excise tax on health care plans until 2018.

“It was critical that Congress pass this bill to help get our economy moving again,” Hoffa said. “High health care costs are burdening our employers and taking away our competitive edge in the global economy.

“The Senate should follow the House’s lead and spare everyone from the proposed tax on health insurance plans. It doesn’t make sense to tax workers who already pay more for health care because of factors they don’t control – like insurance companies with regional monopolies or the demographics of the group they’re in. The Teamsters will continue to fight against this unreasonable tax.

“As originally proposed, 80 percent of the people affected by the excise tax would not be members of unions. We fought against this tax on behalf of all working people – union and nonunion – because it was the right thing to do.”

Much of the health care reform legislation won’t take effect until 2013, including the requirement that everyone obtain health insurance. But immediate changes will take place now that the bill has been signed by President Obama.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act:

•Requires health plans that offer dependent coverage for children to make it available up to age 26;

•Creates a temporary reinsurance program to help companies that provide early retiree health benefits for people ages 55-64;

•Forbids insurance companies from excluding coverage for children because of pre-existing conditions;

•Prohibits insurance companies from cancelling policies when a person gets sick;

•Provides a $250 rebate for all Part D enrollees who enter the donut hole (Between $2,700 and $6,154 in total costs);

•Gives immediate access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions;

•Eliminates lifetime and annual coverage limits.

The Teamsters Union was founded in 1903 and represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Follow the Teamsters Union on www.Teamster.org and Twitter at www.twitter.com/TeamsterPower.

http://www.teamster.org/content/teamsters-applaud-enactment-health-care-reform


30 posted on 07/15/2013 11:38:23 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If youÂ’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Yeah, in THEIR OWN WORDS no less.


31 posted on 07/15/2013 11:39:08 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

You just can’t fix stupid.


32 posted on 07/15/2013 11:50:50 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I thought unions and muzzies were exempt.


33 posted on 07/15/2013 3:05:44 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Hotlanta Mike.
Unions spent big money in the 2010 election hoping to protect Democrats from the consequences of their votes on ObamaCare... it suddenly looks awful to union leaders like Teamsters president James Hoffa, UFCW president Joseph Hanson, and UNITE-HERE president D. Taylor.
Hoffa's a party-line stooge who, you probably recall, campaigned for Kerry in 2004, claiming Kerry was in favor of drilling the ANWR. This is just a CYA move to cling like the dingleberries they are to the ass-hair of union office.


34 posted on 07/15/2013 7:39:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SierraWasp

Amazing how a minority of uninsured became a national overhaul of our entire health system. It’s now a socialist’s dream- crap-care but, everybody is paying in. From each according to his ability, to each, according to what the death panel dictates.

Unionist are collectivists, ergo communists. Every public union must be destroyed and the private ones left to fend for themselves.(A free market will send them to the dustbin anyway.)

What I earn should go toward paying for my retirement- not someone else’s just because they belong to a public union. They can put aside something as I do, or not, their choice. My taxes should go for national defense and other legitimate functions- not social welfare programs. If followed correctly, our system would prevent the need for all of the social spending (that’s bankrupting us).

We already have too much government and that’s why we’re unable to succeed. Obama is determined to pile on more. The last-best-hope are the states who can choke this Fedzilla at their borders. Together, they can force changes in Washington that will restore sovereignty to themselves and the individual via the 3/4ths requirement to amend our basic laws. Obama, Holder, McCain, Rubio, and other RINOs need a swift kick in the nuts and the states are our last hope of delivering one.(The Supremes are not immune- some are just nutless under the robe).

My state, California, will not help as it’s run by parasites who will accelerate wealth re-distribution in a fatal attempt to keep itself out of the Detroit column, but it won’t work- it is the problem. What needs to happen is for governors to pull a weapon and defend themselves against the nose breaking, head crushing effects that Obama&Co. are delivering.

Obama himself said that he could have been Trayvon 35 years ago. Well, he is today- he’s on top of the states pummeling them MMA style with Eric Holder cheering him on all the way. We’ll wait to see if a Zimmerman exists among our state leaders with the guts to end this attack. Till then, all those cries for ‘Help!’ may go unanswered. I think as Americans, we can do better than this. Left and Right must see the danger and do the right thing— ‘pull the trigger’. Our life, our country, and our children’s future depends on it. This is the Land of Liberty, not Chicago Thuggery. Of thee I sing.


35 posted on 07/20/2013 5:12:09 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: budwiesest
Your profound comment qualifies as a profound essay in my book!!!

It's gotten so bad, so fast that any "Zimmerman" should be "pulling the trigger" out of fear, not necessarily from courage for the good of the country and the shrinking of the GovernMental monstrosity!!!

I certainly could find nothing in what you said to disagree with and I thank you for saying it.

Now, with that said, don't be blowin any smoke up the hill toward me from wildfires, cause if'n I pee in the American River, it'll be filtered out after flowing over the 7th rock on it's way down to you guys, right???

36 posted on 07/21/2013 9:01:25 AM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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