Via Hot Air, we learn that the Teamsters and UNITE-HERE are finding out what’s in ObamaCare after they marched out their shock troops to make sure that it got passed. They’re finding out that the predictions about ObamaCare’s sharknado-like effects on the economy were all true. So they’ve written a strongly worded letter.
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.
Yeah. Some of us predicted these effects long before ObamaCare became law. The Tea Party rose up to stop ObamaCare, only to have Big Labor’s thugs turn out to provide the Democrats’ muscle in making sure that it passed.
Now they have thugs’ remorse. Color me unimpressed with their letter-writing skills.
If Big Labor really wants this devastating law repealed, they have 2014 and a choice: They can stick with the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Democrats, or they can help elect Republicans and Democrats who credibly promise to repeal the law. Their actions will say volumes more than one angry letter can ever say.
As for me, I’m loading up on popcorn. If Big Labor really decides to fight the Democrats, that’ll be a show worth watching.