The greatest supporters pushing President Obama’s health care
demolition reform plan were all unions. Unfortunately for their members, union goons got exactly what they thought they wanted. Now, in the immortal words of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the “chickens are coming home to roost.”
Obamacare Will ‘Shatter’ Our Health Benefits, Cause ‘Nightmare Scenarios’
Labor unions are among the key institutions responsible for the passage of Obamacare. They spent tons of money electing Democrats to Congress in 2006 and 2008, and fought hard to push the health law through the legislature in 2009 and 2010. But now, unions are waking up to the fact that Obamacare is heavily disruptive to the health benefits of their members.
Last Thursday, representatives of three of the nation’s largest unions fired off a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, warning that Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
Shockingly enough, Obamacare has turned out to be a disaster for those affected by it. Hmm… if only somebody had warned us about the doom and destruction Obamacare would cause.
How desperately do unions want to wash their hands of the Obamacare train wreck? Badly enough to temporarily shift political alliances.
Disillusionment of Obamacare shifts unions’ political alliances to GOP
Discord over President Obama’s health care law is forging strange alliances, with top Republicans reaching out to union bosses who helped Democrats muscle the legislation through Congress three years ago but now say the reforms will “destroy the very health and well-being of our members.”
Presidents of three unions, including the powerful Teamsters, sent a letter this month accusing Democratic leaders of breaking promises.
In the meantime, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, is trying to team up with unions to “permanently delay” the health care reforms.
“I hope,” Mr. Hatch told the unions in a letter, “you will accept my invitation to provide relief from the law to all Americans and ensure that the law will no longer threaten access to insurance, increase costs, or deny individuals from keeping their existing health insurance plans as the president had promised.”
Strange Bedfellows, yes. But you know what they say about the enemy of one’s enemy. And nobody knows better than Republican elected officials the power of unions when they decide to get pissed off and organized at the same time.
Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers
Now this vision has come back to haunt us.
Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans.
As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances.
Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.
Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.
As easy as it is to do a victory lap a la “told ya so” on the Obamacare disaster, this country still has a major health care crisis. I’m talking about actual health care and bottom line cost. The Obamacare leviathan creates coverage in name only. If ever there was a case to be made for Repeal-and-Replace, the time is now.
Would that the unions had turned on Obamacare before November. But then, there’s always next November!