If one of Big Labor’s selling points to attract new union members is union “Cadillac” health insurance coverage, why would union officials spend millions to promote ObamaCare?
No doubt, with the plans passage, teachers and other public employees will quickly see states and municipalities sign up for ObamaCare and simply dump current health insurance burdens on the tax payers of the entire country.
In Washington, D.C., one thing you learn quickly when you are confused about someone’s action is to “follow the money.”
So we did!
The House version of the ObamaCare bill promises $10 Billion to troubled union pensions according to The Union Label blog (see quotes below) to supplement pension costs for union retirees who have retired before the Medicare eligibility age of 65.
So, if you are a public employee in one the 22 Right to Work States and are displeased with union officials spending millions in support of ObamaCare, then we suggest you visit the National Right to Work Foundation’s website (NRTW.org) and learn how to exercise your Right to Work and send your Union Bosses a message by stopping your dues completely.
The Union Label blog:
So, what are the unions in the fight for if it doesn’t really touch them?
The answer to that question appears in the House bill on page 65, section 164 where unions are to receive a $10 billion dollar infusion of taxpayer’s money to supplement their failing plans through a program called the “reinsurance plan.”
In his open letter, [AFL-CIO President] Sweeney said that one of the union’s goals was to seek “relief for company/union funds providing pre-Medicare retiree coverage.” This would be people that retired from the unions before they are eligible for Medicare. In other words, the union is looking for federal funds to relieve expenditures from his [Sweeney’s] over extended pension plans.
Well, low and behold the House healthcare bill has included in it a “Reinsurance Program for Retirees” (section 164). This section stipulates that $10 billion will be set aside for this program of “reinsurance” for those older than 55 and not yet eligible for Medicare.
This program will reimburse eligible “retirees” for 80% of the costs of their medical care. This would go a long way to help unions defer costs to their own plans.