Obamacare Facts: Why the Unions Feel Betrayed

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A prominent labor union has put out a report saying that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will hurt its members economically and make income inequality worse.

It's the latest in a string of Obamacare facts that illustrate growing discontent with the healthcare law, even among U.S. President Barack Obama's closest allies.

Obamacare factsThe report, entitled "The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse" was released Friday by Unite Here, a hospitality industry union with 300,000 members in the United States and Canada.

Unite Here, like many other unions that have supported President Obama, is unhappy with provisions in the healthcare law that increase costs for members while preventing them access to subsidies available to those using the health insurance exchanges.

"Ironically, the Administration's own signature healthcare victory poses one of the most immediate challenges to redressing inequality," the report says. "Yes, the Affordable Care Act will help many more Americans gain some health insurance coverage, a significant step forward for equality. At the same time, without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage."

The report is referring to President Obama's emphasis on the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 in his State of the Union address in January, and the intent of Democratic strategists to make income inequality a central issue in the fall mid-term elections.

But what's really startling about the Union Here report is how closely it echoes Republican criticism of Obamacare since before the law was even passed. Much of it reads as if it were written by a conservative think tank like the Heritage Foundation.

And the Union Here report is just the latest example of blowback from big labor over these Obamacare facts. As it has become clear that the ACA is a bad deal for them, the protests have gotten louder and louder.

Here's why the unions are so unhappy…

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  1. H. Craig Bradley | March 13, 2014

    SERVES THEM RIGHT

    THE UNIONS ARE LAZY, OVERPAID, STUPID, GREEDY, AND ARROGANT TODAY. LEADERSHIP HAS DONE FEW FAVORS FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, WHICH IS DECLINING. SO, THEY DESERVE WHAT THEY GOT FROM A PRESIDENT WHO MAKES FORMER PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON LOOK LIKE AN HONEST MAN.

  2. Tom Augustino | March 14, 2014

    Obamacare is WRONG FOR UNITED STATES

    Never has one law done so much bad to good people and especially to SENIORS! Here is a law that is certain to bankrupt this country and nobody seems to care. The law is called affordable; to whom exactly? How does paying an unbelievable number of dollars to millionaires running these Insurance companies help SENOIRS? Nobody talks about the super-high cost and seem content to be quiet. Who do we have to protect SENIORS?

    • marie | March 15, 2014

      I guess you like the idea of people suffering and dieing — and, going into debt for the rest of their lives. You probably think it is great to watch someone go broke because they are sick. Money Morning is NOT for me. Not when you have callous, thoughtless remarks like this one. —Every man for themselves, right??

      • Robert in Vancouver | March 18, 2014

        Marie, I have never heard anyone in your country or mine that wants to see anyone suffer, die, or go broke because they are sick.

        That is the type of accusation the left uses against anyone who doesn't blindly agree and obey.

  3. Tom Augustino | March 17, 2014

    Marie, Never said I like the idea of sick and suffering people. AFFORDABLE healthcare is not what Obamacare is all about. It is anything but affordable. If there are sick people without means they should still be treated! All humans deserve treatment!!

  4. steve | March 18, 2014

    Everyone is going to pay more than they did before to cover those who can't pay for themselves. That's simple economics. The union's are complaining now because they thought they were exempt but why should anyone be exempt? That goes for the politicians who should also pay their fair share and be covered by the exact same health insurance programs they signed us up for. This country needs more selfless leadership than we have now. They may talk a good game but when it comes time to decide what kind of health coverage they'll receive, they pad their own plan. That goes for both parties.

  5. Bill | March 22, 2014

    Everybody, including unions, thinks Obamacare is great………until it affects them! I guess they just assumed someone else would pay for it. Do as I say not as I do. Sound like anyone else……….how about Obama administration and Congress.

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