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  • exx_banker exx_banker Sep 14, 2013 8:34 PM Flag

    Unions' and Obmacare

    The problems with "certain" unions and Obamacare is thanks to Obamacare's employer mandate and its subsidized insurance exchanges businesses with fewer than 50 employess now have an incentive to drop health coverage for their employees and let those workers get coverage on the exchanges. It's a better deal for those employees, and an even better deal for the employers. But it's a huge blow to the labor unions who organize the plans, because workers no longer need unions to negotiate or obtain healt coverage.

    Unlike big unions like the UAW or AFSCME its the smaller unions that are affected like SMART, United Food & Commercial Workers International, or UNITE-HERE that represents hotel, airport, food service, gaming, and textile union have been the ones most vocal about Obamacare demanding that the White House reinterpret the ACA. According to the National Coordination Committee for Multiemployer Plans, approximately 26 million workers are covered by multi-employer or Taft-Hartley plans that will benefit the most under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

    But as long as Republicans are in control of the House Democrats have no ability to rewrite the plans to please those union leaders mentioned above.

    The main reason that unions are upset with the ACA is that it takes away their role as a middleman to negotiate health benefits for their membership with their employers. And if the government offered health insurance affordable to individual workers, workers wouldn't have much need for unions.

    So you can clearly see why unions are not so friendly to the Affordable Care Act now. The great irony- one that union leaders are now only realizing since they were a huge supporter of government-sponsored health coverage -is that by doing so, they have accelerated their own demise, at least in the private sector.
    most importantly, workers will benefit from this change. Instead of paying a big chunk of their wages to labor unions and insurance companies.

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