Obamacare: Unions Starting to Demand Repeal

Posted on April 18, 2013. Filed under: Obamacare, Politics | Tags: , |

Obamacare Protest at Supreme Court

Obamacare Protest at Supreme Court (Photo credit: southerntabitha)

It would be hysterically funny, if it weren’t so sad, to watch the rats desert the sinking ship. I saw an article that said that Obama’s failure to push through gun control shows he is truly a lame duck president. He’s not a lame duck, he’s the most inflexible, pathetic excuse for a president we’ve ever had. Everything he does is calculated towards elections, not governing.

The only thing of significance he has been able to push through was Obamacare, and I have been chronicling what a waste of time and resources that law is, and the effect it is beginning to have.

Suddenly, the rats are starting to desert the ship.

The  United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers has become the first union to call for the repeal of Obamacare.

The roofer’s union was one of the major supporters of the bill. What they didn’t realize (at the time) was that there were hidden incentives for worker’s to ditch their unions by stripping out the union’s multi-employer health plans.

The unions are becoming restless as Washington continues to ignore them and pretends everything is okay. From the Washington Examiner, the roofer’s union issued this statement:

“Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.

These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.

For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs. This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored. I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections.

I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.”

The union is beginning to discover what opponents of Obamacare have been saying all along. There  is bigger incentive to dump workers into the government exchanges to provide insurance than there is for companies to continue paying for that benefit.

So much for “if you like your plan, you can keep it”. I think this was the plan all along. If the president says that it isn’t government run healthcare, you know it is. You can’t tell me that out of all those people we send to Congress, none of them figured this out.

Unless, of course, they didn’t actually read the bill. Where’s Michael Moore when we need him?

This president spends more time on the road and on TV campaigning trying to convince us that his laws are good for us instead of being in Washington leading. (Maybe I should stop complaining about this and be glad he isn’t in Washington doing more damage)

Unions have been asking for exemptions, businesses have been cutting employee hours or laying off employees (Regal Cinemas is the latest). Others have been using it as an excuse to pry into the private lives of employees.

In the coming months, there will be more backlash against Obamacare as the unions give up on being ignored by Washington, and people discover how poorly written this law truly is. Unfortunately, it may be too late to repeal it.

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