Unions Hate the Very Health Care Reforms They Advocated


Here’s the thing about reality: It bites.

Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.

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.

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.

In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans. Contacted for this article, Obama administration officials said the issue is subject to regulations still being written.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I would love to be a fly on the wall the next time labor leaders get together for a meeting with Nancy Pelosi.

Members have made 10 comments.

  1. Contributor

    The unions should be allowed to twist slowly in the wind.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 2:38 am
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    Pejman Yousefzadeh Post author

    Schadenfreude is a very underrated emotion.

    Paul A. Rahe: The unions should be allowed to twist slowly in the wind. · 0 minutes ago
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    • February 2, 2013 at 3:07 am
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    Pejman Yousefzadeh: Schadenfreude is a very underrated emotion. · 37 minutes ago
    Paul A. Rahe: The unions should be allowed to twist slowly in the wind. · 0 minutes ago

    And poetic justice is a very underrated species of justice.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 3:45 am
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  4. Inactive

    This thing is such an unbelievable mess.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 4:16 am
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  5. Member

    Tosh. The meeting will go something like this:

    “Look what you’ve you done to us!”

    “What do you need?”

    “This, this and this.


    Thanks. See you next time we’re all in the Bahamas.


    “Today, we announce the Working Family Protection revisions to the Affordable Care Act…”

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    • February 2, 2013 at 4:36 am
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  6. Inactive

    Thanks John Roberts.

    • #6
    • February 2, 2013 at 4:55 am
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  7. Member

    All this trouble because John Roberts wanted an invitation to be one of the cool kids. 

    • #7
    • February 2, 2013 at 6:46 am
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  8. Member

    I love it! But… what will even be better is when some of the blue states start kicking their public employees into the exchanges to save money.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 8:04 am
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  9. Member

    Maggot Roberts found in himself a power denied him by the Constitution to save ObamaCare, the power to initiate and legislate a federal tax. What was the threat that forced him into such a ham handed and ill-authored decision? A skeleton in his closet? The life of a family member? An interview by Chris Matthews?

    • #9
    • February 3, 2013 at 3:41 am
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  10. Thatcher

    This was all meant to be, and, if they didn’t see it coming, they are as stupid (and greedy) as Big Pharma and the Ins. industry. A pox on their house too now. Cry me a river.

    Rahm Emanuel intends to dump his city works into the Federal exchanges btw…..just deserts for all…

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    • February 3, 2013 at 11:52 am
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