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AP: Some Unions Now Angry About Obama-Care

From the a suddenly noticing Associated Press:

Some unions now angry about health care overhaul

By SAM HANANEL | May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters.

But some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

The issue could create a political headache next year for Democrats facing re-election if disgruntled union members believe the Obama administration and Congress aren’t working to fix the problem.

Which is all the AP cares about. They want the Democrats to win control of the House and Senate, so that Obama can ram through the rest of his agenda un-opposed.

"It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it," said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. "That is not going to be true for millions of workers now."

As we have previously noted, Mr. Hansen is also the head of ‘Change to Win,’ which was a labor front group that was put together to push for Obama-Care.

The problem lies in the unique multiemployer health plans that cover unionized workers in retail, construction, transportation and other industries with seasonal or temporary employment. Known as Taft-Hartley plans, they are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers that pool resources to offer more than 20 million workers and family members continuous coverage, even during times of unemployment.

The Affordable Care Act has added to [the cost] of unions’ and other plans — by requiring health plans to cover dependents up to age 26, eliminate annual or lifetime coverage limits and extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

"We’re concerned that employers will be increasingly tempted to drop coverage through our plans and let our members fend for themselves on the health exchanges," said David Treanor, director of health care initiatives at the Operating Engineers union…

Workers seeking coverage in the state-based marketplaces, known as exchanges, can qualify for subsidies, determined by a sliding scale based on income. By contrast, the new law does not allow workers in the union plans to receive similar subsidies

And this is what the unions want: taxpayer subsidies for their healthcare plans.

Labor unions have been among the president’s closest allies, spending millions of dollars to help him win re-election and help Democrats keep their majority in the Senate… The Obama administration walks a fine line between defending the president’s signature legislative achievement and not angering a powerful constituency as it looks ahead to the 2014 elections…

"We would expect more help from this administration," [said Hansen]…

Unions backed the health care legislation because they expected it to curb inflation in health coverage, reduce the number of uninsured Americans and level the playing field for companies that were already providing quality benefits…

Not they didn’t. What do they care about any of that? They backed Obama-Care because Obama promised them ‘card check’ and other kickbacks.

But last month, the union representing roofers issued a statement calling for "repeal or complete reform" of the health care law. Kinsey Robinson, president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, complained that labor’s concerns over the health care law "have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored."

"In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer-sponsored coverage could keep it," Robinson said…

They really have a lot of nerve. If anybody should suffer under Obama-Care, it should be the unions who helped to force it on us.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Some Unions Now Angry About Obama-Care”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Steve you are soooo right but allow me to add that the unions who backed this
    should be the only participants of NObama Care. (toss in nancy piglousy for good measure)

  2. “Instant Karma gonna get ‘ya, baby!” – John Lennon.

    Too bad our ‘baby boomer’ generation didn’t learn the basic truths and lessons it constantly espoused with such smugness to others.

    But this is what happens to the lawless ones who constantly preach and grind out laws for others to follow. Sooner or later they comes back to bite you in the butt.




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