Whenever any Democrat rises to a position of power and importance, one of his or her biggest allies to satisfy is normally big labor. These unions continue to push the Democratic agenda come hell or high water. This has occurred for years and until recently it showed no signs of ever abating. But then ObamaCare happened.
During all of the debate and discussions and the push to generate public support for the Affordable Care Act (as ObamaCare was officially termed), Obama actively courted the support and the help of the major unions within this country. They officially signed on board and then promoted this healthcare plan to their membership. This was probably one of the main reasons that the bill was passed. Of course we had Obama lying in every possible way he could think of in order to make his signature plan seem like a good deal.
Then we came to the actual implementation of this law. This has been a completely different story. Now, we see that millions of Americans are actually losing their healthcare plans. We see that all of Obama’s promises were simply lies designed only to gain your trust and support…or at the very least to silence your potential opposition.
Of course, the big labor unions do not likely care whether you and I lose our insurance coverage. They do not care if any potential replacement plans that qualify under ObamaCare are twice as expensive, with double or triple the deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. Nope. They only care how it might affect their members.
Sure, the business community received a delay in the employer mandate. But, the unions also started actually reading the law, it would appear. They began to think that many businesses, even those that are unionized will simply not be able to afford to comply with the rules of ObamaCare. This might lead to a shortening of the work week, with many full time employees having their hours reduced to 30 or less. Congress also received a waiver or exemption from ObamaCare. So the unions waited patiently for their exemption. But it did not come. They were angry with Obama and therefore remained silent in the firestorm that brewed over the implementation problems with ObamaCare.
This is all about to change. Because the unions have finally gotten their deal. Basically, the Obama Regime has decided to change a ruling in the law. This was after they tried a direct frontal assault by putting a big labor carve-out in the last budget deal, which was obviously rejected by the Republicans in Congress. Instead they changed a rule to allow an exemption for ‘some’ union insurance plans from a substantial tax called the reinsurance fee.
This tax was supposed to be levied against all plans across the board. The idea was to provide extra protection so that the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients could be spread more evenly. So, now, essentially big labor has been granted their waiver. Their plans will not be canceled and they will become even more affordable.
Of course, you and I, unless we are unionized, are still required to comply with all facets of the law. This includes being forced to use a broken website full of security holes to sign up.
What do YOU think? Is it right to give unions an exemption? What about all these exceptions already issued? What should be done about this?