“The unintended consequences ... are severe. Perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios.”
It's not the statement about ObamaCare that's surprising. What's surprising, and ironic, is whose it is.
The statement comes from a July 11 letter that the international presidents of the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE-HERE unions — leading advocates of ObamaCare's passage — sent to two of its chief legislative architects, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Writing for Forbes, Avik Roy, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow who advised Mitt Romney's campaign on health policy, explains why these unions are demanding ObamaCare fixes:
• They don't like employers cutting workers' weekly hours below 30 to avoid required coverage for full-time staff.
• Other mandates will raise costs of some unionized industries' “multi-employer plans,” whose members are ineligible for subsidized coverage via “exchanges.”
• Once union contracts end, smaller employers likely will drop coverage entirely.
• And ObamaCare means less union say about health benefits overall, which means less reason for workers to join and pay dues.
Mr. Roy says unions “had every opportunity to take the bill in a different direction in 2009. That they didn't is no one's fault but their own.” That speaks volumes about unions, their Democrat puppets in Washington — and why ObamaCare must be stopped in its tracks.
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