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.
The 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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