Maybe this will persuade some of the few holdouts that Obamacare is in deep trouble:
The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” the letter says.
The letter is at the link. And it rehashes a lot of the arguments we’ve been having. It turns out — surprise! — that unions don’t like paying more for insurance and don’t like having part-time jobs instead of full-time ones.
First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. These non-profit plans are governed jointly by unions and companies under the Taft-Hartley Act. Our health plans have been built over decades by working men and women. Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.
And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.
You may remember during the PPACA debate that Obama tried to get union plans exempted from various aspects of Obamacare. Gee, I wonder why?
So, now I become curious. Business hates Obamacare. Consumers don’t like it. Unions don’t like it. Who, apart from the Obamabots, does like it? What exactly is being accomplished by not either fixing or repealing this bill, other than saving face for a lame duck President?