Wall Street Journal
Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.
To offset that, the nation’s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.
John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, the insurance plan for 260,000 union workers at places including hotels, casinos and airports, recalls standing next to Barack Obama at a rally in Nevada when he was a 2008 presidential candidate.
“I heard him say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ ” Mr. Wilhelm recalled. Mr. Wilhelm said he expects the administration will craft a solution so that employer health-care plans won’t be hurt. “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.”
You can have all of the second thoughts you want, you can third, fourth and tenth thoughts but as Carole King sings “It’s too late baby now it’s too late”
Union Leaders need to be fired.
They are surprised? Union headquarters have staff experts such as economists. True they might lean left, but their analysis should not be so affected by their political preferences that these costs should be a surprise.
Either the analysts are at fault or their union bosses. Either way the bosses need to go because their failed the rank & file union member.
Well as Gomer Pyle used to say “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”. This does not cut it. After about the 3rd time you would think the leadership does not have the “smarts” to lead.
Now Cue the Founding Fathers.