Unions: “Obamacare Will Destroy the Foundation of the 40 Hour Work Week”

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Seems like that wake up call has come a bit too late. And the unions aren’t calling for abolition, they just want special privileges because they prostituted themselves to promote ObamaCare which makes it rather hard to feel sorry for them.

But if they think ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to labor in America… wait till they get a load of Amnesty.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” the letter says.

And here’s the letter…

Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi:

When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.

Err yes. Because Reid and Pelosi care about the middle class. So much.

We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

In other news, don’t give a scorpion a ride across the river. It will end badly.

Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.

Stone wall? Must have been around DOMA time.

Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it.

Why? Are the unions going to go Republican?

The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:

Unintended? Right. Keep believing that.

First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly.

As predicted.

Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. These non-profit plans are governed jointly by unions and companies under the Taft-Hartley Act. Our health plans have been built over decades by working men and women. Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.

Maybe you should have read the bill before supporting it.

And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.

As predicted.

On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.

Maybe you should have joined with the Tea Party instead of assaulting them on behalf of Obama, Reid and Pelosi’s nationalization Troika.

  • Chris Behme

    Leftists will believe their own nonsense until it affects them personally.
    As for the unions, they want a carve-out for themselves, an exemption for the monstrous pile of cr@p they helped foist on an unwilling nation. To them I say:
    “Union leaders, I have in my hands the worlds tiniest violin….”

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “In other news, don’t give a scorpion a ride across the river. It will end badly.”

    Dupes of the left obviously don’t know what a political scorpion looks like.

  • Michael Shaw

    ‘Late you come, but still you come,’ – Frederich Schiller

  • OfficialPro

    Looks like making gay marriage a priority wasn’t such a smart idea after all, WAS IT, Unions?

  • John G. Gault

    Cosmic Justice, they are getting what they asked for, what they voted for and what they donated to. They just didn’t read the D@mn thing. LOL!!!!

  • poetcomic1

    HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  • herb benty

    National Health Care for America?? We in Canada are going broke because of it and we only have around 32 million people, with lots of resourses. Imagine 300 million people on the government nipple and you are looking at many TRILLIONS of dollars, with all of it in the RED. The ACA is a Trojan horse that will definitely, assuredly bankrupt America which seems to be Obama’s goal.

  • glpage

    To the lefties who voted for Obama and are now whining about what they got, there’s an old saying, “You want sympathy; it’s in the dictionary between s*** and syphilis.”

  • pookieamos

    I think this is a ruse by Union leaders to give union workers the impression they care. After all these union leaders are leftist. On the other hand it could be they’re afraid of losing their union dues ? Obamacare sucks , it has caused our deductible to go from $150 a year per person to $2750 per person. in other words , we pay 100 percent of a doctor bill . We can’t afford to now go to the doctor , thanks a lot Obamacare.

  • Karl Burd

    I believe it’s pretty clear up to now that when backed into a corner, the first thing people like this do is make themselves seem less (if at all) guilty. Making something like this public is just a way to try to get the attention they feel entitled to. So it seems to me anyway.

  • jhsif

    Well, I WAS against Obamascare but now that the unions are against it, I’M all for it! how i wish I was smart enough to have voted Obama for a free cell phone! Praise Obama from whom all blessings flow!

  • ordinary american

    DEAR USEFUL IDIOTS: Be careful of what you wish for…it just may come true.

    BTW: It is a know fact that Useful idiots become Useless idiots. Consider yourselves USELESS now.