Boom: First union officially calls for the repeal of ObamaCare

posted at 6:41 pm on April 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Labor unions largely came out swinging in favor of ObamaCare’s passage in 2010, but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare’s incoming provisions, fearing that the law’s requirements will raise the costs of health plans for unions members and make them less competitive compared to non-unionized workers. On Tuesday, one such labor union that initially backed the health care overhaul became the first union to officially revoke their support for the law. Ouch.

Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.

These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.

For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs. This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored. I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections.

I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.

That’s gotta’ sting. As Mary Katharine already pointed out today, ObamaCare author extraordinaire Sen. Max Baucus just vocalized his concern that ObamaCare’s implementation might be turning into a “trainwreck” — and now even some organized labor groups are grumbling about their serious buyer’s remorse on that matter.

It’ll be interesting to see if other unions follow suit and officially retract their support of the law; in terms of potential campaign support withheld, that probably wouldn’t do much for President Obama’s Democratic ambitions for Congress in 2014, would it?


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……and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

portlandon on April 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

As most Americans that are polled are against it Obama will be next …..

CW on April 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Too late.

Has anyone noticed that as of 4/15/13 they now tax your life insurance premiums? No? Check it out, cuz it’s real.

Obama Voters… a pox on you.

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

tools…

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Not a real union, so it doesn’t count. All real unions are behind our President and his signature achievement in medical justice 100%.

/sarc

JimLennon on April 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Closeted racism rears its ugly head.
– Chris Matthews

Liam on April 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Too late.

Has anyone noticed that as of 4/15/13 they now tax your life insurance premiums? No? Check it out, cuz it’s real. So far in 2013 my taxes have been raised 3 times and we’re just getting started. And I’m just above the poverty line. All going according to plan, I suppose.

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare’s incoming provisions,

There is only one lord of the ring, and he does not share power.

BobMbx on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Yet they’ll keep voting Democrat the rest of their lives. No sympathy.

Dongemaharu on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

“Hope…!”

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Dude so much positive news in one day – I don’t know what to do.

gophergirl on April 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Yet they’ll keep voting Democrat the rest of their lives. No sympathy.

Dongemaharu on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Yep. They’ll never learn.

PatriotGal2257 on April 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

If liberals gave a damn about something other than power and money they wouldn’t have passed ObamaCare to begin with. Since they don’t care about anything other than their own power and amassing wealth they’ll do everything they can to keep ObamaCare.

darwin on April 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

In my Nelson voice, “Ha ha.”

LincolntheHun on April 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I wonder when the Goonions will start asking just who Kathleen Sebelius is, and HOW she got appointed to this position, and WHAT her prerequisite qualifications were to land her in such a high position of authori-teh?

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

It’s all starting to unravel.
You advocated for Obama. You voted for Obama. You took kickbacks. You own it.
The rest of us will live free.

RovesChins on April 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Uh-oh.

djl130 on April 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

my heart bleeds for them.
no really, it does.
hey …. they bought him they need to break him.

dmacleo on April 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I’m sobbing so hard for those union guys someone hand me a towel,no,make it a beach towel.

docflash on April 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Uh, little late?

hawkdriver on April 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

It’s all starting to unravel.
You advocated for Obama. You voted for Obama. You took kickbacks. You own it.
The rest of us will live free.

RovesChins on April 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

You raise an interesting point. Since the unions were “exempt” from implementation yet private businesses were forced to comply… Do you perhaps think that there might be lawsuits arising from this debacle?

/Say it ain’t so

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

BOOM shakalaka.

LASue on April 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Yet they’ll keep voting Democrat the rest of their lives. No sympathy.

Dongemaharu on April 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Charlie Brown Local #153

“I won’t pull it away this time….really”

BobMbx on April 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Perhaps Chief Justice Roberts was a clever little sumbitch? Evil genius?

/Maybe. It’d sure make up for all my bad feelings for the last year… hmmmm.

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Can’t understand why they ever supported barryO in the first place. Most roofers have been replaced by illegals.

lonestar1 on April 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

In Obama’s speech today on the failure of the gun bill he must have pointed out at least 5 times that the majority of American supported the background checks and that therefore the bill should have passed.

Again will he now support rescinding Obamacare (AHCA)?

CW on April 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

hahahahaha…unions bitin the big one….that is as funny as global warming in Minnesota

crosshugger on April 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen?

Prepare to have your annual well being exam done by Wanda at the DMV.
She’s a very pleasant lady.

/”They should be thanking me” Heh

Key West Reader on April 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Obama’s first term legacy: Passage of Obamacare

Obama’s second term legacy: Repeal of Obamacare.

Dusty on April 17, 2013 at 7:06 PM

In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.

Captain Obvious Award to you, good sir.

2,800 pages with about 8 hours of study, passed in the wee hours of the night, and you effers were right out front cheerleading like a herd of rabid hyenas to get this passed.

Reap what you sow, effing jackasses, unfortunately we have to reap it along with you.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

have to pass it to see what’s in it……. morons, stupid, liberal, morons.

ultracon on April 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Useful idiots. How much cash did you lemmings donate for Dear Leader’s re-election?

Pack sand maggots.

Polish Rifle on April 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Yeah, right. They’ll get a phone call from some Obama flunky and all will be well again. Slobbering love affair with leftists.

Philly on April 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Wail til Dr. Gosnell is their doctor.

lonestar1 on April 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Boo hoo hoo. Are the waivers about to run out and you can’t get any more?

atxcowgirl on April 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Good God, I can’t recognize America anymore, with the exception of HA followers and my circle of “gun and bible clingers” of course.

Polish Rifle on April 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Another group sees the light..Light bulbs are going to start coming on very soon for many more when they start finding out Obiecare is not free..:)

Dire Straits on April 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

like dominos………..

fall baby fall

RealMc on April 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

So let me understand this correctly. The Unions, like the Democrats in the House and the Senate and their President all voted for ObummerCare before reading and or understanding what it actually would do – YOU ARE ALL USELESS TOOLS! Now suck it up just like the rest of us working Americans and next time, do America a favor, read the fine print before you vote!!!

stuartm80127 on April 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Hey squiddy! Get a load of this!

Chuck Schick on April 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I am glad to see that these roofers are finally back on top of things.

iwasbornwithit on April 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Actually, according to Justice Roberts, it’ not health coverage it’s a tax! So, the unions don’t like taxes now?

atxcowgirl on April 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

They got what they voted for. Suck it up, Unions….

unclesmrgol on April 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

If there is a hell, Kathleen Sebelius has a front row seat reserved (in the Hitler-Stalin-Mao section).

bw222 on April 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Some of you know what I do…

Here is an article I waited to share..now
seems like a good time.

Besides all the obvious reasons this is
a pile of shite headed our way…
I have tried to point out that big business
was and is in bed with the Gov when this went down.
Behind those doors..late at night…who do you think was there?
Why I disagreed with Ed recently on a post when he said they(the Poli’s) didn’t
know about risk pool assessments when they wrote the bill and now have a problem they have…no way..
Ins Co’s and Lawyers wrote the bill..
I am not a captive agent-I am a consultant and speak for my clients
and fight for them-and everyone…day in and out over claim payments..u name it.
I hate these Co’s as much as everyone else..
but I work with the snakes..as a Lawyer works with theirs
in a system you are given.

Here is the link and a peek-I suggest the read.

Obamacare: A Deception
February 3, 2013 | Categories: Articles & Columns | Tags: http//www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/02/03/obamacare a primer/print/, | Print This Article
Introduction by Paul Craig Roberts

The article below is the most comprehensive analysis available of “Obamacare” – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The author, a knowledgeable person who wishes to remain anonymous, explains how Obamacare works for the insurance companies but not for you.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/02/03/obamacare-a-primer/

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Well, I must say, only union regret can bring all us disparate conservatives together in a show of solidarity.

Dongemaharu on April 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Good God, I can’t recognize America anymore, with the exception of HA followers and my circle of “gun and bible clingers” of course.

Polish Rifle on April 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Ditto.
I am turning 40 very soon..
but so much has changed since I was a kid..It was Rapid!
I feel like I am stuck in the twilight zone..that I will
wake up and this was all a bad dream.
Yeah..meeting some of the good people I have here..
gives me faith..after being surrounded by idiots and scum
(the public I have to mingle with) everyday.

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

The Volstead act of the 21st century.

Odysseus on April 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Thanks for the link..:)

Dire Straits on April 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

It’s all starting to unravel.
You advocated for Obama. You voted for Obama. You took kickbacks. You own it.
The rest of us will live free.

RovesChins on April 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Yep..the same people that a few years ago were
all excited about their free healthcare…suddenly aren’t so happy.
I have zero sympathy. I hate to be cold..but I am.

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Breathe.

A disgruntled union- passed over for an exemption waiver-
does not a victory make.

I bet you this doesn’t even make the ABC-NBC-CBS loop.

This schadenfreude doesn’t do it for me.

FlaMurph on April 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

@Dire
Your welcome.
I tread carefully..due to my career
and these sites, so don’t say a lot.
This is a good article though.
The more you know…

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thanks again friend..:)

Dire Straits on April 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Hello, my friend. How are you?

GrannyDee on April 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Good God, I can’t recognize America anymore, with the exception of HA followers and my circle of “gun and bible clingers” of course.

Polish Rifle on April 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I’m not even 25 and I’ve watched everything crumble since I entered highschool.

The final ‘canary in the coal mine’ was my favorite webcomic artist all but totally going under…after watching two bookstores be taken over by a porn shop and a drug-paraphernalia supply outlet. I WISH I was kidding.

MelonCollie on April 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Now that a leftist union is calling for a repeal of BarkyCare maybe this will motivate the leftist worms in the House GOP to DO THEIR JOB and force a repeal of this POS during the next budget/CR/debt limit “negotiations”. The House GOP sure doesn’t care what conservatives think but I have a feeling they’ll follow a union anywhere.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Dumb Asses! Trusting politicians to look out for them.

Ken James on April 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

It was a no brainer it would be a construction union. With their pool insurance there is no way they can come below 50 employees and so get a permanent exemption. Most efficient small contractors are well under 50. A 50 man contractor is a big jump. My guess is under 10% of all contractors and that may be a stretch.

Unions will be limited to the top 10% of contractors. Never sign up a small one again and lose the ones they have now. Cut their own throat.

CW20 on April 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

No! No! No! You stupid SOB’s wanted Obama. You wanted ObamaCare.

Now you’ve got it! STFU! and take your medicine!

GarandFan on April 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The Roofer Union wanted Obama and Obamacare, they don’t get out of paying for it. No sympathy from me.

TulsAmerican on April 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

obviously this union did not come through for Obama in some way.

The whole obamacare scam is predicated on ‘you keep scratching my back and I will keep giving you exemptions’

the gift that keeps on giving or else

entagor on April 17, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Let it burn.

Neo on April 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thanks B9! BTW, you look fabulous!

KCB on April 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hi Granny! u already caught me! :)

KCB on April 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM
Your welcome.
I really wish I could share more on this topic..
but wary.
I prefer to keep my state license,no fines or imprisonment..
or a sudden IRS audit. ;)
So much I cant share..that I wish I could.
You know what I am saying.
Thx Handsome..I love the net..I always look fabulous!
lol
I don’t really..but glad you think so.;)

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I have tried to point out that big business
was and is in bed with the Gov when this went down.
Behind those doors..late at night…who do you think was there?
Why I disagreed with Ed recently on a post when he said they(the Poli’s) didn’t
know about risk pool assessments when they wrote the bill and now have a problem they have…no way..
Ins Co’s and Lawyers wrote the bill..
bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Good post. You are correct
AARP had gains to be made in Obamacare. Walmart lobbied hard for obamacare. I heard (unconfirmed) because it would take out competitors before it took down Walmart – and IMHO – because Walmart sells the cheapest often lower quality goods, and when people are broke enough they will switch to Walmart

Michelle Malkin has a good page on Obamacare waivers

I have tried to point out that big business
was and is in bed with the Gov when this went down.

Sadly this is true for more than Obamacare. Our current government is top heavy with representatives who work for a bizarre consortium of survivors: unions, corporations without borders, redistributionists.

The two parties now play good cop/bad cop with each other

The biggest hurdle is the Constitution, which is increasingly ignored. Globalists (moneymakers without borders) can live with socialists and vice versa. Neither can tolerate an armed and independent citizenry who insist on writing their own law

The Consortium is working frantically to erase the public memory of the older independent freedom loving America. When they get there, they win

Thus we watch America erased day by day

entagor on April 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

entagor on April 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

WalMart gave in to the proggies and gave their employees healthcare plans years ago. Not so all their competitors, so when Obamacare forces healthcare on all >50 employers, WalMart is hurt less than others.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Sadly this is true for more than Obamacare. Our current government is top heavy with representatives who work for a bizarre consortium of survivors: unions, corporations without borders, redistributionists.

The two parties now play good cop/bad cop with each other

The biggest hurdle is the Constitution, which is increasingly ignored. Globalists (moneymakers without borders) can live with socialists and vice versa. Neither can tolerate an armed and independent citizenry who insist on writing their own law

The Consortium is working frantically to erase the public memory of the older independent freedom loving America. When they get there, they win

Thus we watch America erased day by day

entagor on April 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Thx entagor.

I know it is true..and more then just OB care.
But it is what I have experienced knowledge on-so I share
what I can and my experiences and deeper understanding when I can. 13 years in the business. Employer benefits,individual and last year certified with Medicare products.

Yes- it isnt just this industry.
Why, I like that Palin has stood up and won’t shut up about crony capitalism and more.

Yes..AARP…funny but I get an earful from seniors of late…angry.
Many saw the politics and no longer trust them and want nothing to do with them.
Here is what is hilarious..I can sell AARP products-the ones they endorse. I am getting emails with 3rd parties connected to them to call my congressmen because Medicare Advantage plans are in trouble and Supps …Seniors facing higher out of pocket costs and premiums.
But what they wont say is why…HELLOOOO- when you steal that much $ from one hand to subsidize OBcare..what do you think is going to effing happen. Call my congressman for what exactly?

Thx for your reply. spot on.

bazil9 on April 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

This repeal request is coming probably from the members, as opposed to the leadership, who feed at the trough of the Dem campaign perpetual campaign.

Hey yeah, companies that have fewer than 50 people and just pay the fine will have a bidding advantage over the companies that have to pay the whole enchilada!

Another of a zillion unforeseen consequences. Hayek is spinning in his grave.

PattyJ on April 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

It’s all designed to get us into single payer. Rest assured that it’s coming.

HiJack on April 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out. Everyone needs to constantly pray for the defeat of the left and its agenda. I am seeing a fundamental shift towards restricting or eliminating abortion and I believe that is a prayer answered. I pray that the scales start falling from the eyes of those who have been deceived by this administration. Perhaps as is evidenced by this labor union conversion it will start happening.

neyney on April 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Now if we can just get the rest into that remedial reading program so the rest can see what’s in it.

Russ86 on April 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.

These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.

For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs. This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored. I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections.

I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.
.
Kinsey M. Robinson, President of United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International

.
Translation: All of the extra costs and bureaucracy that keep being tacked on to this thing, wasn’t part of our deal, BRO’.

listens2glenn on April 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Key West Reader,

My union policy wasn’t exempt, but my premium will double in 2018 to around $400/month…

Khun Joe on April 18, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Kinsey Robinson, $310k salary and benefits. I guess he woke up and joined the rest of us from 2009 to realize he’s not going to be able to keep the plan he wants.

Wake me when the scumbag AARP or goons over at the AFL-CIO call for its repeal.
It’s all about the money. Roofers union gave 200k to Dems. AFL-CIO gives millions in donations and millions more in free thug labor.

smfic on April 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived

duh

Ventura Capitalist on April 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM