When You’ve Lost the Unions…

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?

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  1. AlexInCT

    Keep dreaming Hal, The holdouts like Obamacare precisely because they see it wrecking healthcare as we know it and forcing the single payer system they want on us.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    If you think Obamacare will destroy the medical industry, just wait until it’s been illegally nationalized by democrats.

    Have fun waiting your turn for several months/years for what are now routine procedures. And forget dental care, we’ll all have British teeth within a generation.

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  3. Thrill

    Alex and SO are on the right track. Obamacare was always intended to fail in order to pave the way to nationalized health care. Once it utterly ruins everything, who else but the federal government can save health care?

    The protests from businesses and unions just accelerate it. This is nothing to be satisfied about.

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    I’ve agreed with that point before (about the collapse of medicine). However, I think there is a second factor here: Obama’s ego. He simply can’t admit that the law is deeply flawed.

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  5. Section8

    God damn GOP. If they would have backed off sooner and just joined in with removing the employer mandate these unions would never have been pissed off. They just ruin everything. Fuckity fuck fuck.

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  6. AlexInCT

    I’ve agreed with that point before (about the collapse of medicine). However, I think there is a second factor here: Obama’s ego. He simply can’t admit that the law is deeply flawed.

    Why would he feel obligated to do anything of the sort, Hal? The law is doing exactly what he and the people like him hopes it would do. So it destroys the healthcare system we know? That’s its purpose! No flaws there to admit, unless you want him to admit that he hasn’t pushed its destructive policies harder, to speed up the collapse of the existing system. The American people got fucked over, hard, and this was just one of the many such ass rapes, without the courtesy of a reach around, that this administration straddled us with.

    As I repeatedly said back in the day: the democrats follow up act after they though they had finished convincing everyone that the mediocre Boosh presidency was an unmitigated disaster, would be what would elevate Boosh to a level of success he didn’t deserve. They are not disappointing.

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