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Some unions now angry about health care overhaul

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, May 24, 2013.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Some labor unions that enthusiastically backed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry, fearful that it will jeopardize benefits for millions of their members.

    Union leaders warn that unless the problem is fixed, there could be consequences for Democrats facing re-election next year.

    "It makes an untruth out of what the president said _ that if you like your insurance, you could keep it," said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. "That is not going to be true for millions of workers now."

    The problem lies in the unique multiemployer health plans that cover unionized workers in retail, construction, transportation and other industries with seasonal or temporary employment. Known as Taft-Hartley plans, they are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers that pool resources to offer more than 20 million workers and family members continuous coverage, even during times of unemployment.

    The union plans were already more costly to run than traditional single-employer health plans.

    But Obama's Affordable Care Act has added to that cost _ for the unions' and other plans _ by requiring health plans to cover dependents up to age 26, eliminate annual or lifetime coverage limits and extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

  2. church mouse guy

    church mouse guy Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2002
    Unions are not going to vote against Obama--they are card-carrying Democrats.
  3. Bro. James

    Bro. James Active Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    The real problem is: poor profit margins in a welfare state. We have been drowning in red ink for so long that we have not a clue. It is time to pay the piper.

    Let us help the shirt merchants rebuild Bangaladesh.

    Exploitation of the masses: not a new situation.

    Even so, come Lord Jesus.

    Bro. James