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January 31, 2013


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Obamacare. Reading the Fine Print

Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Nothing brings me the smug satisfaction of seeing my most hated group of people get trolled by a health care overhaul that I have staunchly criticized. I in fact will give a huge shout out to President Obama, for an excellent show.

We well know that no one in Congress ever reads big bills like these, and especially not the fine print, but it holds true also to the biggest column of support of President Obama and the Democrat party: Labor unions, who's vote in every election provides a powerful support for the increasing welfare state.

The same exact unions who so enthusiastically supported the passage of Obamacare are now going to see their health care costs increase...substantially.

From the Wallstreet Journal: [link]

"Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26."


So what do these same unions demand to offset this cost? :iconmoarplz:

"To offset that, the nation's largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.

Top officers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and other large labor groups plan to keep pressing the Obama administration to expand the federal subsidies to these jointly run plans, warning that unionized employers may otherwise drop coverage."

But, they can't and that's the whole glorious point, or didn't they read that part too? Doesn't matter though to them it is now unfair, even "unacceptable"

""We are going back to the administration to say that this is not acceptable," said Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters, which has 1.6 million members and dependents in health-care plans. Other unions involved in the push include the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Unite Here, which represents service and other workers."

"Employers and consumers across the country will see big changes under the health law, which goes into full effect next year. Insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Most individuals will be taxed if they don't carry insurance, and employers with at least 50 workers will face a fine if they don't provide it. About 30 million Americans are expected to gain insurance under the law.

John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, the insurance plan for 260,000 union workers at places including hotels, casinos and airports, recalls standing next to Barack Obama at a rally in Nevada when he was a 2008 presidential candidate.

"I heard him say, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' " Mr. Wilhelm recalled. Mr. Wilhelm said he expects the administration will craft a solution so that employer health-care plans won't be hurt. "If I'm wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.""

Oh Mr. Wilhelm, say it ain't so! A Career Politicians LIED to you!? REALLY? Such tragedy.

So what is for the Obama administration to do about this? "For the Obama administration, holding firm against union demands for subsidies risks alienating a key ally. Giving unions a break, however, would not only increase the cost of the law but likely open the door to nonunion employers in a similar situation who would demand the same perk.

Obama administration officials declined to answer questions about whether union-employer plans could qualify for subsidies under the law. A spokesman for the Treasury Department, which will administer the subsidies as tax credits, said: "These matters are the subject of pending regulations. We will continue to work with employers, workers, consumers and businesses to implement the health-care law."

Under the health law, households earning up to 400% of the poverty level—$92,200 for a family of four last year—will be eligible for tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. The less a household earns the more generous the subsidy."

Uh oh stuck between a rock and a hard place. And now the Unions face a serious existential problem:

"The Sheet Metal Workers International Association helped push for passage of the health law. Mr. Beall said he still believes everyone should have health insurance, but worries the law is undermining the union's ability to offer coverage.

"If we're not offering our members insurance and pension, why would you want to be union?" he asked.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 of Countryside, Ill., which represents construction workers and insures about 65,000 people, is also examining whether some lower-earning workers would eventually be better off leaving the union-sponsored plan and instead getting federally subsidized insurance.

"I've told my members, as this evolves, your health care will not look like it does today," said James Sweeney, president and business manager of the local. "I have to cut it back.""

"So wait a minute? There is no such thing as a free lunch" -Unions Personified-

"Central Blacktop Co., a Hodgkins, Ill., road builder that employs members of operating engineers Local 150, provides health benefits by paying $13.45 per hour that each member works, said Joseph Benson, the company's chief financial officer. That averages nearly $19,000 a year per worker.

"Ultimately any increase in expense to the fund is going to come from us down the line," he said."


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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fun to see such a great state as USA without a social system of health... seems like USA is not first world...
Hyenaworks Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Who said Unions weren't businesses afterall?
Poopgoblyn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
It's so true.
Dorsaispirit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is called unintended consequences. It happens with any bill. But it is doubly bound to happen when the politicians in question don't bother to read the very bill. Much the lobbyists pushing for it.
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Obama/Romney Care was a mistake from the get go.
TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Hooray for unintended consequences!
Crotale Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Quick, someone call for a wambulance for them unions weenies.
ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this needs some :iconburnhealplz:
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
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