The Obamacare train wreck is starting to frighten the Pinky Ring Brigade in what has become a hilarious lesson in “what goes around comes around.”

Jimmy Hoffa Jr. of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the United Food and Commercial Workers and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE have sent a panicked letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Basically the letter says, “Hey, the health care law was supposed to f*ck over everybody else, but not us! Come on, what gives?” (bold mine)

When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.

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.

Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

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.

Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:

First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week [DUH, didn't see that one coming, guys? - DP]. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.

Second, millions 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.

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.

On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.

We believe that there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow.

We continue to stand behind real health care reform, but the law as it stands will hurt millions of Americans including the members of our respective unions.

We are looking to you to make sure these changes are made.

It’s hard to feel sorry for them, isn’t it? But where’s the incentive for Reid and Pelosi to change the law? Will these unions endorse Republicans in 2014? Absolutely not.

sawbranch

Pictured above: Artists rendering of what Big Labor did to themselves by supporting the Obamacare law

Comments

12 Responses to “Heads of Three Major Unions Write Reid & Pelosi Saying Obamacare Will ‘Destroy the Very Health and Wellbeing of our Members’”

  1. Obama bin Biden on July 17th, 2013 3:19 pm

    Boo Hoo! I'm delighted the illiterate union morons that voted for this will suffer the most.

  2. rosa on July 17th, 2013 3:59 pm

    "We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care."

    Huh? All Americans, even illegal aliens, have access to quality, affordable health care. This isn't about CARE … it's about insurance.

  3. jeffythequick on July 17th, 2013 4:22 pm

    Aide: Mr. President, James Hoffa is on the phone for you, and he is not happy about ObamaCare.
    zer0: Why is it these people think I care after I'm done with them? I have more important people to fleece. Tell him that I'll call him back. I promise.
    (after hanging up the phone)
    Hoffa: We're never going to hear from him again.

  4. Please enjoy this episode of Obamabot unionista schadenfreude | He's pretty fly for a Jersey guy on July 17th, 2013 4:55 pm

    [...] Because it turns out Obamacare really, really, really screws them over. [...]

  5. ChapBix on July 17th, 2013 5:56 pm

    They could send a powerful message to them by withholding support for Dems in the 2014 mid-terms. They could, but they won't.

  6. SignPainterGuy on July 17th, 2013 9:29 pm

    I`ll bet they thought of it, and that`s as far as it will go !

  7. SignPainterGuy on July 17th, 2013 9:53 pm

    They are honestly surprised that Pelosi, Reid and Obamawon lied to them and broke promises. They also expect subsidies to help pay for their insurance. They expect their own ins. cos. to be non-profit, but they themselves don`t deal in non-profit work; they work for and strike when they may not get way over scale wages and bennies.

    Sorry unioinistas, I can`t squeeze out a drop of sorrow for you, no matter how hard I grunt ! What I will get for my efforts however is precisely what you deserve !

  8. Zacharia on December 14th, 2013 1:50 pm

    We believe that there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow.

  9. ralet on February 13th, 2014 12:54 pm

    As far as I understand it, if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, then the entire law must be thrown out. Is it true? I was reading <a href="http://www.bankoflexington.net/” target=”_blank”>www.bankoflexington.net/ thinking that I already have my own opinion about this, so I'm less interested in getting people's opinions on this than on getting some facts

  10. best ninja blender on March 1st, 2014 7:35 am

    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

  11. muscle farm on June 8th, 2014 3:44 pm

    Great, This is really an impressive article indeed, thanks for the good insight here and keep posting more.

  12. Brian Bender on July 21st, 2014 8:09 pm

    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.

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