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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

ObamaCare “threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” That rhetoric isn't surprising, but its source is: a national labor union's new report to pro-union members of Congress.

Unite Here says ObamaCare will effectively cut the pay of the 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers it represents by up to $5 an hour, The Washington Examiner reports. The union says ObamaCare incentivizes employers to push members onto ObamaCare “exchanges,” where more expensive health-insurance premiums could cost as much as half their pay.

Unite Here also contends that ObamaCare's at odds with one of President Obama's major political themes: “Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality.”

And that comes from “the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama,” as Unite Here's head says in a note with the report. The union even charges that ObamaCare breaks the president's promise about being able to keep plans by sending union-provided health insurance into a “death spiral.”

Unite Here urges “smart fixes,” but a piecemeal approach would be as dumb as ObamaCare itself. Better to entirely scrap ObamaCare — which even this president's ardent supporters now recognize as the monstrosity it is — and start over with a solution that doesn't hand one-sixth of the economy over to government.



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