Unions Wary of Health Law they Backed

Unions Wary of Health Law they Backed

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“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#1 Jan 31, 2013
Their hook-up left before sunrise, left an STD, and left without their phone number.
Consequences.

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Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed

by Janet Adamy, WSJ

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.

Some 20 million Americans are covered by the health-care plans at issue in labor's push for subsidies. The plans are jointly managed by unions and employers and used mostly by small companies. They are popular in industries such as construction or trucking or hotels, where workers' hours fluctuate. By contrast, unionized workers at big employers such as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. tend to have a more traditional insurance arrangement run through only one employer.

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. A handful of unions say they already have examined whether it makes sense to shift workers off their current plans and onto private coverage subsidized by the government. But dropping insurance altogether would undermine a central point of joining a union, labor leaders say.

"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.".....
hey now

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 31, 2013
Cue up the public defecation campaigns and the 500 bullhorning goonion trash and clamor for more of the Affirmative Action Economy. Why? SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO PAY for the unions' stupidity.

This communist trash would have us forget that the Soviet Union collapsed when the subsidies grew too expensive for Mother Soviet to pay to her fellow Soviet Bloc dependents. Make no mistake. The plan is to collapse America. Subsidies always fail as the underlying 'goods' increase in cost.

“animis opibusque parati”

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#3 Jan 31, 2013
And these are the same union bosses who obediently support Obama's amnesty plans, too.
The rank and file are being screwed six ways from Sunday.
Oliver T2000

Chillicothe, OH

#4 Jan 31, 2013
Government Run Health Care will be just like Social Security which is going bankrupt and the 1970's Busing that was supposed to "fix" ghetto Black Schools.

Black Schools are worse than ever because of "busing for racial equality" because Soviet style collectivism and socialism never work. Western Civilization is based upon individualism, personal responsibility and morality not tribal collectivism.

The Space Program has vanished under Obama and the horror is just beginning.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#5 Jan 31, 2013
Oliver T2000 wrote:
Government Run Health Care will be just like Social Security which is going bankrupt and the 1970's Busing that was supposed to "fix" ghetto Black Schools.
Black Schools are worse than ever because of "busing for racial equality" because Soviet style collectivism and socialism never work. Western Civilization is based upon individualism, personal responsibility and morality not tribal collectivism.
The Space Program has vanished under Obama and the horror is just beginning.
Now, now...NASA's mission didn't vanish.
It was repurposed as an outreach to the Muslim world.
Moon worship ranks high on Obama's list.
Wait what

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 31, 2013
The Papa John's guy spoke too early. Now, "increased labor costs, raising prices to consumers, in part due to health reform" is the norm in articles.

The liberals around here should be ashamed that they ever pointed the finger at any of us who warned of the consequences as the law was written and said we were haters.

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