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GOP Moves To Stop Union Obama-Care Subsidies

From Fox News:

Republicans move to halt ObamaCare ‘bailout’ for angry unions

September 12, 2013

Capitol Hill Republicans are trying to stop the Obama administration from offering labor unions a sweetheart deal on ObamaCare, as the White House tries to quell a simmering rebellion from Big Labor over the health care law…

[R]eports have surfaced on a plan that would give union workers — and only union workers — subsidies to help pay for health insurance even if they’re covered through their job. The purported "carve-out" could soothe the simmering discontent within Big Labor.

The loyal Democratic supporters and early champions of ObamaCare say they have been slighted by the act’s final regulations, which they say is pushing some employees into part-time work and threatens their health insurance plans.

Say, if the unions were so hoodwinked about Obama-Care, why should we take their word for the benefits of amnesty?

Still, maybe the Republicans should find a way to get the unions to help them repeal Obama-Care. After all, most rank and file union members are actually quite conservative at heart.

This could be a great way to reach out to them. And the same could be said for opposing amnesty, too.

At least three congressional Republicans are trying to stop any effort to give the unions special treatment, which could cost $200 billion over 10 years.

Of course, the Republicans would be in a stronger position to oppose this if they had not gone along with taxpayer subsidies for their own Obama-Care premiums.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on Monday introduced the "Union Bailout Prevention Act," which would stop the granting of subsidies to offset premium costs for the multi-employer plans held by many union members. Separately, the House voted on Thursday to stop all subsidies until the administration launches a system to verify recipients are eligible.

Big Labor argues that workers without additional subsidies will switch to less-expensive, major-insurer plans, creating a withering effect on the so-called Taft-Hartley plans.

Thune and others argue the plans are already government-subsidized and the workers’ contributions are already tax-exempt.

“A deal such as this by the administration for the union would be illegal,” Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Michigan Rep. Dave Camp said in a letter Tuesday to the Treasury Department. “Giving union workers exchange subsidies in addition to the income-tax exclusion would be double dipping.”

Which, of course, is true. But when have Democrats ever balked at breaking the law or double-dipping.

News reports about the plan have been circulating for days, including an early one by the Inside Washington news service. The Health and Human Services Department did not return calls or emails from FoxNews.com asking about the veracity of those reports…

Even though this is the most transparent administration in our nation’s history.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “GOP Moves To Stop Union Obama-Care Subsidies”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    It’s the Republicans Fault™

    This time, it’s true! And that makes me happy.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    To hell with them. Union workers should have to drown in the cesspool they helped create along with the rest of us. Did they actually believe that there would be no consequences for their support of Barack Obama? Well?

    • untrainable says:

      No they didn’t. Because he is a Democrat. Because they funded him. Because they voted for him. Because THEY BOUGHT THEMSELVES A PRESIDENT. And now they’re beginning to see that they didn’t buy him, they sold themselves. I wouldn’t cross the street to urinate on them if they were on fire.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Sure! As a matter of fact, they knew there would be no consequences. Only perks. They will get their carve out. GUARANTEED!!

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