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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Unions finally waking up to how Obama, and ObamaCare, betrayed them

MSNBC summarizes:

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.”

As a result:

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.

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Submitted by Alexa on

DKos is arguing now over "churches being allowed to buy subsidized plans on the Exchanges," which I strongly oppose.

I believe that you brought this up weeks ago. (How is it that DKos is only now figuring this out, LOL?) And as usual, they are on the wrong side of the issue.

The comparison of churches to unions, is absurd on its face.

If the union rank-and-file does not "wake up" after having their "leaders" sell them out THIS TIME, I'm not sure that I have any sympathy for them.

Submitted by lambert on

(NOTE: Kos calls a "post" a "diary." We call a post what it is: A "post." Ha ;-)

CECILY: [Very politely, rising] I am afraid you must be under some misconception. Ernest proposed to me exactly ten minutes ago. [Shows diary.]

GWENDOLEN: [Examines diary through her lorgnette carefully] It is certainly very curious, for he asked me to be his wife yesterday afternoon at 5.30. If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so. [Produces diary of her own.] I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

--The Importance of Being Earnest

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

LS, this is great. I "double read" this exquisite exchange as two of the Obama constitutencies that were promised stuff and betrayed (possibly stuff that contradicted his promises to the other constituency) ...

Importance of Being Earnest would be one of the books I'd take with me if I were being sent away with just clothes on my back and the option to bring 5 books!

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

The unions should have been among the loudest and most steadfast supporters of "Medicare for All" or "Medicare for All Who Want It" options, but many had their own plans they derive revenue from. I think this letter isn't so much a sign of waking up as it is ass-covering (as Alexa has already observed).

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Submitted by Alexa on

From "The Wall Street Journal"

Updated August 5, 2013, 12:49 a.m. ET

Congress's ObamaCare Exemption
The President intervenes to give Members and staff a break.

. . . This latest White House night at the improv is also illegal. OPM has no authority to pay for insurance plans that lack FEHBP contracts, nor does the Affordable Care Act permit either exchange contributions or a unilateral bump in congressional pay in return for less overall compensation. Those things require appropriations bills passed by Congress and signed by the President.

But the White House rejected a legislative fix because Republicans might insist on other changes, and Mr. Obama feared that Democrats would go along because they're looking out for number one. So the White House is once again rewriting the law unilaterally, much as it did by suspending ObamaCare's employer mandate for a year.

For this White House, the law it wrote is a mere suggestion.

The lesson for Americans is that Democrats who passed ObamaCare didn't even understand what they were doing to themselves, much less to everyone else.

But you can bet Democrats will never extend to ordinary Americans the same fixes that they are now claiming for themselves.

The real class divide in President Obama's America is between the political class and everyone else.

When Repubs get this info widely disseminated, we'll probably see another ten percent drop in the ACA's "favorability" rating.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Obama can (re)write law to suit his purposes whenever he wants. I'm waiting for his unilateral decree that henceforth health care is a right for any person with a US birth certificate and that Medicare for All (significantly enhanced, to make up for the egregious shrinking of the program in recent years) is now the law of the land. So that, come Labor Day, any American can go to a doctor or hospital or other health care provider without fear of financial shell shock and secure in the knowledge that care will be delivered then and there, no questions asked (other than for diagnostic and other medical purposes).


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Submitted by Cujo359 on

Just remember to breathe while you're waiting. I know anticipation of an imminent benefit can make us forget those things. ;-)

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... and not in snark, either.

On the smaller daily scale I have to remember to breathe about 86 times a day :)