ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Unions haven't yet figured out the Democrats want to screw them and their members
Here are excerpts from a private letter sent by James P. Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the UFCW, and D. Taylor of UNITE (but not, note well, SEIU):
Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks* and raised money to secure this vision.
How's that been working out for you? Got card check yet?
Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.
He's just not that into you!
[M]illions 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.
That's not a bug. It's a feature.
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.
Ditto. And, oh yeah, I forgot the salutation:
Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi:
BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! It's like Obama doesn't have anything to do with this!
NOTE * Oddly, the unjons aren't getting any walking around money in the ObamaCare rollout. It's almost like the rollout is a dry run to see if the Democrats can do without the unions entirely....
UPDATE The language of the letter is full of neo-liberal corrup rhetoric. No wonder the unions are losing. They can't even think straight! "The American middle class," "employer community," "common-sense corrections." And the general "cap in hand," pleading tone. "We are looking to you to make sure these changes are made."