Unions, Nearly Everyone Else Hates Obamacare
September 12, 2013 - 10:44 am
Some union leaders have publicly called for Obamacare’s full repeal, according to that notorious right-wing megaphone, the New York Times.
“If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed,” said Terence M. O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “We don’t want it to be repealed. We want it to be fixed, fixed, fixed.
“We’ve had our asses kicked on retirement security and we know our health funds are under siege,” he added. “We ask the president and Congress to do the right thing for the men and women we represent.”
The “right thing” here being, repeal.
The resolution asserts that the law, by offering tax credits to workers seeking insurance from for-profit and other companies in the exchanges, will place some responsible employers at a competitive disadvantage and destabilize the employment-based health care system.
The administration and health officials have repeatedly tried to assure critics that the legislation will not encourage companies to dump workers from employer-based plans into newly created health insurance exchanges, even if the employer-based coverage stands out as more generous and therefore more expensive for companies and even municipalities.
That’s exactly where we are right now. Trader Joe’s is just the latest national brand to announce that Obamacare is forcing it to dump its part-time workers onto the exchanges. Workers who still have employer-based health coverage remain, for the most part, terrified that Obamacare will end up causing them to lose their health insurance, too. Obamacare is Godzilla to the American family’s health insurance Tokyo. That beast must be brought down.
I especially like the line in that clip: “God must be punishing me for being ambitious.” That’s not God, it’s the Obama administration.
Outside Big Labor, concerns about Obamacare have grown to the point that just 39% support keeping it as is, according to a CNN poll. 57% want some or all of Obamacare junked.
So, GOP, get on with it. Obama probably can’t get much weaker than his foolish decisions have made him now. Pin Harry Reid’s ears back and make him choose. Kill the beast before it destroys us all.