A recent report of some importance seems to have escaped the eagle-eyes of the MSM, so it is worth bringing to light here.
… Teamsters head (and Obama myrmidon) Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. offered equally pathetic cheer-leading: “It was collective bargaining that helped bring back the auto industry. It was unions that led the effort on the ground to re-elect President Obama. The labor movement has had its ups and downs over the past 150 years, but I’m seeing a new energy on our unions.”
Of course, it never occurs to Hoffa that the corrupt crony rescue of GM and Chrysler will wind up costing the American taxpayer in the range of $35 billion and so is hardly a bragging point — unless you are on the receiving end of the stolen taxpayer loot!
Then there is the recent news that Big Labor may now be feeling buyer’s remorse regarding the very bill that they were most responsible for inflicting on the innocent public: ObamaCare!
Really, a team of the best comedy writers couldn’t dream this up. The obtuse union bosses are finding that many of the law’s provisions are driving up costs on health plans union members have and making union members even less competitive than they already are.
In particular, ObamaCare ends the caps on benefits and has other mandates that raise the prices of union-run plans — namely, the “Multiemployer Plans.”
So what are unions now going to push for? Perhaps for repealing this stupid law and replacing it with something more sensible? Quit dreaming! No, the unions are now pushing to get their lower-paid workers covered by the subsidies the law intended for just those who have no health care insurance at all. In other words, the unions are once again trying to rip off the taxpayer to cover the mess they themselves caused.
We are talking about a potentially huge new expense to this already obscenely costly bill. There are 20 million workers covered by these multiemployer plans, which are managed by both the unions and the companies and are common in those industries (such as construction or trucking) in which unionized workers work varying hours for different companies.
Early on, the Obama administration rejected the idea of giving subsidies to union workers already covered by health care, but it is now open to the idea — it will now be “subject to regulations still being written.”
… For example, John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health (the plan that covers over a quarter-million casino and hotel workers), said of Obama: “I heard him say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it.'” After saying that he expects Obama’s administration to protect existing employer health plans, he added, “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.”
…. A survey last year by McKinsey (a business consulting company) found that 30% of employers would “definitely or probably” drop their programs by 2014. The CBO pooh-poohed that survey last year, but the CBO itself now estimates that 7 million Americans will lose their health care plans. Given that the CBO’s past cost projections for ObamaCare have been ludicrously low, it is a good guess that the McKinsey survey will be proven accurate.
In sum, Big Labor (which represents only a small percentage of American workers) shoved down the country’s throat a law that even it is having trouble with — one that will cost many workers (union as well as non-union) their existing plans and throw them onto much worse ones. The law will also cost workers their full-time jobs as they are converted to part-timers — or lose work altogether as employers offshore or automate — to escape the law.
People are becoming aware that Big Labor will be responsible for losing their insurance, losing full-time work, or losing their jobs entirely. …