That sound you may hear drifting faintly on the breeze is coming from the world’s tiniest violin. The Big Labor gang that love ObamaCare enough to lobby for it and foist it on the American people against the majority’s will are now facing reality: It’s a stupid and hideously expensive law.
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.
Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.
To offset that, the nation’s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.
Notice that last part. Now that they got what they want and find that it’s problematic to their own bottom line, they want YOU and ME to pay even more to prop themselves up. These union thugs have absolutely no shame at all. What about our bottom lines?
In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans.
The unions involved in these talks include the big ones: the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters, among others. They’re threatening to drop coverage due to the cost. Prediction: Big Labor will get the subsidies. Granting them will not only please the president’s leftist base, it will move us that much closer to what he really wants, single payer, government-run health care.
This present balking may be part of the plan.