ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Unions finally waking up to how Obama, and ObamaCare, betrayed them
The “Cadillac” tax. Obamacare includes a 40% tax on so-called “Cadillac” [that is, contractually negotiated by Unions] plans, meaning health insurance plans that cost more than $10,200 per year for individuals or $27,500 for families. Over the next few years, the price of many public employee health care plans could rise to meet that threshold... [M]unicipal governments and school districts across the country ... are already trying to negotiate significant employee health insurance cuts with their unions.
No subsidies for Taft-Hartley health insurance plans. About 20 million Americans are enrolled in health insurance plans known as “Taft-Hartley plans,” after the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act. These plans, which are managed by both employers and employee unions, are not eligible for Obamacare subsidies. However, they will be taxed at the same rate as other insurance plans which do receive 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,” wrote the presidents of UNITE HERE, the United Food and Commercial Workers union, and the Teamsters in their July letter to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California., and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
As if Harry Reid would respond to a sternly worded letter from a constituency the Democrats want to shed.
The Employer Mandate’s possible unintended consequences. The employer mandate requires that any business with 50 or more “full-time equivalent” ... In their July letter, union leaders said this provision “creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week.”
Advocates of Medicare for All say the faults of the ACA can make the case for a system that’s truly “everybody in, nobody out.” The Electrical Workers (IBEW) passed a resolution for “single-payer” at their last convention, and the San Francisco building trades now support single-payer. “I’ve never heard so many building trades folks talk about single payer,” said the UE’s Peter Knowlton.
It would have been more useful to have had this discussion in 2009, but better late than never, eh?
On the bright side, one can only hope that Andy Stern is never listened to again. Actually, one could hope that Andy Stern is whipped out of town with scorpions, for the role he and SEIU's walking around money for career "progressives" played in taking single payer off the table.
UPDATE Adding, what these unions did not understand, unlike the Hispanics and gay bundlers in 2012, is that there's only one way to get anything out of Obama: Threaten him. They didn't do that, so here we are, and here they are.