Unions TURN on Obamacare

Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.
Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about how the reform law will affect its members’ healthcare plans.
Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling “for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.”

UNITE HERE, a prominent hotel workers’ union, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are also pushing for changes.
In a new op-ed published in The Hill, UFCW President Joe Hansen homed in on the president’s speech at the 2009 AFL-CIO convention. Obama at the time said union members could keep their insurance under the law, but Hansen writes “that the president’s statement to labor in 2009 is simply not true for millions of workers.”
Republicans have long attacked Obama’s promise that “nothing in this plan will require you to change your coverage or your doctor.” But the fact that unions are now noting it as well is a clear sign that supporters of the law are growing anxious about the law’s implementation.

Many UFCW members have what are known as multi-employer or Taft-Hartley plans. According to the administration’s analysis of the Affordable Care Act, the law does not provide tax subsidies for the roughly 20 million people covered by the plans. Union officials argue that interpretation could force their members to change their insurance and accept more expensive and perhaps worse coverage in the state-run exchanges.

Hansen, who is also the head of the Change to Win labor federation, told The Hill that his members often negotiate with their employers to receive better healthcare services instead of higher wages. Those bargaining gains could be wiped away because some employers won’t have the incentive to keep their workers’ multi-employer plans without tax subsidies.

“You can’t have the same quality healthcare that you had before, despite what the president said,” Hansen said. “Now what’s going to happen is everybody is going to have to go to private for-profit insurance companies. We just don’t think that’s right. … We just want to keep what we already have and what we bought at tremendous cost.”
If the administration were to expand the subsidies to cover the Taft-Hartley plans, it’s likely that the price tag for ObamaCare would rise, though it’s unclear by how much.

Union angst over the healthcare law is being matched by some Democrats on Capitol Hill. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has said the law’s implementation could be a “train wreck,” while other senior Democrats, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), have expressed reservations.
Both parties agree that ObamaCare is going to be a major issue in the 2014 midterm elections, especially because the bulk of the law is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1 next year.
Labor recently shared its concerns with senior Democrats.

Read more at The Hill

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  • Bill Montagne

    If the criminals that put this into affect are complaining about it, it must really stink.

  • Dale Evans Sr

    Union, if you do not trust this health care plan, you are right to do so. Obummer will leave you all in the dirt poor people for he does not care for you or us. He, and you should know by now, wants to blow this country apart and break it down, I know it and so do you. If we let this happen that will be all of the people’s fault. We need to take back our country and you can help now if you dare too or want to.

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  • bless2live

    Your first vote for fraud obama ,lose your rights! Your second vote for fraud obama ,lose your country! No! to late, there is no third vote for fraud obama! fraud obama is in charge now and you have no rights, no freedoms ! Sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it! Maybe your head now is really worth your fraud vote!

  • Jack

    This is what voting for a fraudulent presidential candidate gets you. For those of you who voted simply because of race. Shame on you! Because you are directly effected as well. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING this man says is exactly the opposite. Social Engineering used for illegal agendas. The absolute worst Fraud in recent American History.! The last one was 911.

  • John Burney Sr

    Hahahahaha What did you think was going to happen??? When you sign a contract that you do not read!!!!! Hahahaha So we all go down…. Our Unions are not the Unions of the 40″s or 50″s even the 60″s… They are out for themself’s…. Like most politions…

  • The IDIOTS are now complaining. NEWS FLASH, you idiots voted him in. I have said all along, watch what you wish for, you just might get it. I was a member of APWU, they always gave my money to the DEM losers. When they told me that nothing would change, I got out of the union. Try it, you might like it.

  • pysco

    Unions you contributed heavily to Obama’s election, and campaigned for him, you deserve everything that happends to you…………..screw you and your corrupt leaders.

  • we had a supplementary policy for my wife as I am a disabled veteran and the coverage for my wife doesnt cover much. We have never had to use it but we got a letter last month “due to changes in the health system” our premiums tripled. We had to drop it, we could not afford it any more. The fine for no coverage is cheaper!

  • Obama will just make them exempt and replace it with a Cadillac plan and this will become a non story.

    • It’s almost over

      True! Obama will sign yet another EO sometime soon and with no news coverage what so ever. These few union members have yet to receive the memo from the White House that all is well. He will exempt the unions like he has done for over 2000 other companies. McDonalds is one very big corporation that was exempt from the Law. Look up the others on Google! You’ll be surprised. But those who didn’t contribute to Obamas election, like Hobby Lobby, will not be exempt. They’ll have to fight it in court and lose millions in fees.

  • Ray

    Didn’t these Union officers notice the sure sign Obama was lyinjg? His lips were moving!!

  • reggiec

    The unions helped make the bed they are finding themselves in. The difference now is that they are beginning to realize thast the bed is full of bed bugs, crabs, and left over rotten pizza from Pelosi’s latest party.
    Hey unions you can find sympathy between Sh^t and syphilis in any dictionary

  • Robert S Moulds

    The democrats tried and failed to push universal health care because they forced it on the unions. The unions naturally resented being pushed and now the democrats have lost a key ally. If they had been honest about the sales taxes and regulating insurance companies while unpopular. The bill would be seen as the good fight for health care access for every American and not fodder for conspiracy theories so they have themselves to blame.

  • DE Navarro

    The trouble with libs is that as soon as the bottom dollar and control starts getting challenged they turn on themselves.

    Awesome. It’s better than WWF. Let’s watch the Unions go at it with the WH on Obamacare.

    This will be fun.

  • Good for them, the A-holes, that’s what they deserve for getting into bed with the devil!