Union Blues – ObamaCare code blue

Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

By Tom Gara – WSJ

The roll out of President Obama’s health care reform package was always going to be tricky, with vehement opposition from his political opponents and pushback from employers large and small. But after announcing last week that penalties for companies failing to comply with the law will be delayed by a year, the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing 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 well being of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” the letter says.

Anyone who wants to read the entire letter, you can look for yourself. I just want to highlight a few things. I have to mention I was in the Teamsters at one time. (sadly little has changed with their national organization, its gotten worse.) I’m a card carrying American, not a union puppet.

How many times do you have to read the same script to know how the play goes? They complain that they were lied to and were told they could keep their plans if they liked them. Well welcome to the club. But we know the drill.

Unfortunately, unions’ only problem is they just want a fix, for them and their buds. Gee, why shouldn’t they? They believe it is ‘legislation by special interest’ just like the command economy. So that if you apply the proper political force, to the desired wheel, it turns in your favor. It worked before and I have no reason to believe it won’t again.

But they are no different than a lot of individual voters, though on a larger scale. What they believe is all that is important. They believe in what they want, damn the truth. Like the “I got mine” mentality, “screw everyone else — those are just the breaks.” Do we need to hear their leftist lecture, “this is the political process, and how it works”? Yea, that’s the problem, it is how it works. But as long as key constituencies are satisfied, all is well.

Did unions think it was a la carte when they supported Obama? They apparently didn’t realize these problems were part of the package. Did they think he could/would keep all those campaign promises, to all those people? You idiots, the unions lie too and you keep believing them, so why not keep believing in president Unicorn?

I’ve mentioned it before that this is a fundamental flaw in the left, everything hinges on “belief”. As long as you keep believing there is no problem, regardless what reality is. Can you believe Obama had the audacity to use exactly that belief– hope and change, “change you can believe in” — as the foundation of his campaign? And they ate it up. The biggest threat to the left is if you stop believing, or act on your own.

Now here is a priceless quote in the letter:

Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. 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.

“Vision” = “change you can believe in”… that does not compute.

How about that admission and outrage? Speaking of haunting, I won’t even go there, except they are still digging for Hoffa. As the saying goes, special strokes [of the pen] for special folks. And that is unabashedly what this is about. Though someone is starting to figure out that it adds up to fewer jobs.

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.

They want theirs and they want it now. All the other friends of Obama – friends of Democrats – have gotten theirs while they got stiffed. Oh but they are part of Obama’s civilian army, he couldn’t do this to them. Beam me up, Scotty!

Now we get to the genesis for the grievance, Big employers got their exemption. They do have a point: Selective interpretation and enforcement of the law …. but that is exactly what they are arguing for. So the only problem is Obama didn’t take care of his Homies.

‘Keep the crooked law and stick it to others, just give us special favors and we’ll be good to go.’ — (I wonder how those bi-weekly phone calls to the WH are going.)

Read more at Wall Street Journal

So Obama comes in to try to calm the anger, again – like trying to calm rising seas.

Seeing is believing

AP reported

Another year, another round of exaggeration from President Barack Obama and his administration about health insurance rebates. /…

The poll, released Wednesday, finds that 58 percent of voters favor repealing all (39 percent) or some (19 percent) of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

Nearly three times as many voters say the health care law makes them feel more worried (66 percent) rather than reassured (23 percent). And the anxiety is rising — the number feeling worried is up 15 percentage points since July 2012, soon after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional last year.

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About the only thing Obama has not tried, to excuse all those problems with ObamaCare, is injecting the UK’s royal baby into the fray. (still time) Well, the baby is a popular topic with people and he would really like to tap into that.

But it probably is not a good time to remind Americans that “you didn’t build that” – which in this instance would be technically correct .

6 comments on “Union Blues – ObamaCare code blue

  1. Davetherave says:

    Damn good article Bull! Oh yeah; the unions are screaming, because they want their special exemption and they’ll probably get it. We all know “in our face hypocrisy” is not beneath Barry.

    This damn UN-Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacide) is the worse piece of legislation to come out of Dipshit City in a very long time. It’s so frigging bad, the Traitor Party senator that played a major role in writing it (sorry…brain dead and can’t remember his name) is not seeking re-election and is recorded saying publicly “this is a train wreck coming.” Well jeez you liberal bastard senator; write the damn POS and then bail out and tell everyone the truth. Thanks dog…

    Bastid reminds me of that old saying where a married man got caught by his wife cheating and the husband says, “are you going to believe me I’m not cheating on you or your lying eyes?”


    • bullright says:

      Dave, yea dog is the right word. Oh that’s Max Baucus., who probably still has presidential aspirations — they don’t go away. California said much the same thing, that they don’t expect it will work, but just have to do it anyway. We get BummerCare and they get all their gold marbles and perks, then run home. Its the 2-America’s that Edwards talked about, only he didn’t tell people THAT IS the Libs’ plan for America. (more hypocrisy)

      The excuse trough on the left is going to be awfully deep . And the” dog “runs for the escape hatch …… sounds like the captain in that shipwreck running to the life boats.. Now he claims he was staying on board , but was just pushed off in the chaos.


  2. clyde says:

    I think it’s funny as hell that the unindicted Hoffa went to the goddamn mat for the fool, and NOW he bitches? This boy is SO stupid his Dad (wherever the mob hid him) would reach out and bitchslap his ass. I,too, was in the Teamsters. Jimmy’s home local, as a matter of fact. The putz running the whole shebang today was our local’s lawyer when I was in 299.


    • bullright says:

      Clyde, that was good.– he did go to the mat…for what? Well, I guess its like Casey in PA, a name like that is bound to wind you up in good position — no matter what people think. Well that must have been a happening one. I don’t believe I ever mentioned it before, I’d probably just as soon forget, but can’t.


  3. pepperhawk says:

    Bull, great article! This whole outrage by the Unions is ironic and very funny to me. There they were pushing for this helping the good ole King get his “great legislative achievement passed” and now they’re screaming their heads off. What betrayal they must feel!

    I too have no doubt they will get their exoneration from Obamacide as many other sycophants of his already have gotten. He can’t allow them to keep yelling about this, bringing more attention to the failed bill. It just makes people more aware of how bad Obamacide is. It’s really bad PR for his magnificent accomplish. (sarc)


    • bullright says:

      Pepp, yea that’s it, its more a feigned outrage. It really pisses me off. Like they do this dance and you’re supposed to believe it has some relevance to reality, or the problems. One day they should have some guts not to support these limousine libs. In the end, it will be business as usual. Yea bad PR, ha ha.



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