Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

posted at 4:41 pm on July 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s erstwhile promise assuring Americans that, “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” has since been unceremoniously exploded by the dawning realities of the health care overhaul, and the trend of labor unions — who once so enthusiastically stood alongside the president while he trumpeted the magical benefits the law would produce — now balking at the more limited options with which they and their members are shortly to be confronted, is moving full steam ahead.

Unions have been pressuring the Obama administration for months to stretch the federal subsidy program meant to apply to low-income workers whose employers don’t offer health insurance (although now, of course, applicants for subsidies will have the unchecked ability to just lie about those two requirements, for an indefinite period of time) to people in union-sponsored plans, and in April, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers became the first major union that supported the law to come out swinging in favor of its repeal because of the ways in which it jeopardizes the multi-employer health care plans that allow unions to offer insurance for members who work for different companies. The WFB reports:

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) released a white paper on Thursday warning that Obamacare, as the law is commonly known, “threatens to harm our members by dismantling multiemployer health plans.”

The union also took out a full-page ad in Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call calling on the president to “keep your promise” by ensuring that, in the president’s words, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” …

According to the union’s white paper, “the current multiemployer plan system provides affordable, high-quality health care coverage to millions of American workers, retirees, and families.”

New fees in the law, regulations on minimum-benefit requirements, and “the lack of multiemployer-specific administrative guidance” are threatening those insurance plans, IBEW claims.

“Because it does not recognize the unique nature of multiemployer plans, the Affordable Care Act contains provisions that could undermine this American success story and reduce the number of working families covered and lower the quality of their care,” the Roll Call ad warns.

Ouch. That’s the same tune that the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union was singing back in May, too, which is altogether remarkably different from the one it was singing just a few short years ago. But heck, yet one more aspect of the entire sixth of the American economy ObamaCare is attempting to remake in its own image that Democrats neglected to consider? Join the club.


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Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

It evolved.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Lord Obama has altered the deal! Pray he doesn’t alter it any further.

theguardianii on July 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Sparktricians see the light.

Akzed on July 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

It boggles my mind that so many Union Members blindly believe the lies that Democrat politicians tell them over and over again.

When will they ever learn?

wren on July 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

the current multiemployer plan system

But, dude! You’ll eventually get a multiemployer plan system! Just trust us on that! It’ll cover every employer! *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*

GWB on July 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Racists

smfic on July 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Gee – it’s almost as if obama and his democrats lied to us, or something.

Pork-Chop on July 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Tough titties boys, you and your leadership provided 100s of millions in campaign funding and in kind, work the phones labor for this despot. DESPITE the warnings of conservatives that this nightmare would harm us all and despite the FACT that 85% of people with health insurance didn’t want no stinking lies from Obama because they were happy with their health care.

Sit on it and twirl. But when(if) conservatives stop this nightmare, I’m 100% that your leadership will start raising bloody murder.

You want to help this country survive? Get rid of your socialist leadership and work with conservatives to end this REgressive nightmare.

MMinCanonCity on July 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

Obama and the Dems are what happened.

Ya get what ya vote for.

Liam on July 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Obama is the union’s messiah. For 5 years they’ve not only turned a blind eye to all of his lies and abuses, but they’ve actively campaigned for him and were pivotal in getting ObamaCare shoved down the nation’s throat.

So, all I have say to all the unions is, SUCK IT.

Meople on July 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Answer:

“Since you liked your Leader you can Keep Your Leader”

/eat it, Unions. You own both Pieces of S**t. Chew it slowly now.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Ah, not to worry, the NLRB will regulate this controversy away.

BKeyser on July 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Clearly the IBEW has a problem with the skin color of the man occupying the Oval Office.

The Schaef on July 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Welcome to the party, pal!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkyskI13KOs

Fogpig on July 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Just like hey, where’s those 100,000 teachers and getting the rich to pay taxes thing the president ran on in 2012?

joeindc44 on July 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Ah, not to worry, the NLRB will regulate this controversy away.

BKeyser on July 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

All Union members need to be put into Medicaid. That’s what they wanted, amiright?

/I love the salty tears. They season my pretzles.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) released a white paper on Thursday warning that Obamacare, as the law is commonly known, “threatens to harm our members by dismantling multiemployer health plans.”

“It all is proceeeding as I have forseen.” – Lord O.

dissent555 on July 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

All those promises and Haloed Indonesian didn’t even leave a five-spot on the dresser? Well guys looks like you’ll just have to chalk this one up to blind party ambition.

antipc on July 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I’m not one to rub things in…, but Unions, You wanted him, you got him. But like I say, unfortunately we ALL have to pay for him.
Maybe THINK next time before you mark the ballot box.

Sterling Holobyte on July 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

KOOL_AID,might be wearing off!!

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Hey union workers! You wanted ObamaCare, now bend over and take your medicine!

GarandFan on July 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

ESAD, IBEW!

Resist We Much on July 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Welcome to the party, pal!
Fogpig on July 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I was thinking of saying that. Until I realized that even if unions wanted Obama out they would just turn around and vote in another despicable dem. Stupid is as stupid does.

Sterling Holobyte on July 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

I guess this is the national union saying this? I know some IBEW workers at the local level here in my city. They vote Dem (city is majority minority and big time DDDD), but some of them sound like tea party on some issues.

Really I am a conservative. Never liked unions, but this is interesting.

earlgrey133 on July 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Unions deserve to writhe in pain and die over this. You have your union thug leaders to blame. They are in bed with the traitors in D.C. and they don’t give a RIP about you OR your families. Suck on it, chew on it, and swallow hard, losers.

HomeoftheBrave on July 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I’m not one to rub things in…, but Unions, You wanted him, you got him. But like I say, unfortunately we ALL have to pay for him.
Maybe THINK next time before you mark the ballot box.

Sterling Holobyte on July 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Think!? Thinking is definitely the problem. They haven’t been programmed to think. If they could think, at least half the leftists in office would be seeking employment elsewhere.

I’d guess it’d take some serious deprogramming to rid them of all the leftist indoctrination to which they’ve been subjected for a few generations now.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) released a white paper

A white paper,well I declare.

docflash on July 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

All IBEW is doing is marking their spot in line for an exemption from BozoCare.

NapaConservative on July 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

RAAAAACCCCCCIIIIISSSSTTTT!!!!!

American Patriot1980 on July 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I ONE!

birdwatcher on July 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) released a white paper
A white paper,well I declare.

docflash on July 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Doc, this post is racist.

I’m reporting you to AttackWatch

Enjoy!!!

Key West Reader on July 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

You voted for it. You own it. Bend over and enjoy the ride. Zero sympathy.

hillsoftx on July 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Just read in Money magazine how not many people will be able to keep their doctor because the networks working with the exchanges and companies will be so radically different. They said it as if we had known that all along. (To be fair, I DID know it all along, but a year ago, they were telling us how wonderful this was going to be.)

UnderstandingisPower on July 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

And the Union will be given special waivers… Access to different better plans and subsidies in 3…2…1

Paid for of course by those making less, getting no subsidies and on crappy expensive and

Caseoftheblues on July 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

…as if you didn’t know.

James on July 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Karma etc.

Knott Buyinit on July 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

When you lie with dogs……….

CW on July 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

You mean someone actually believed Obama when he said, “If you like your plan you can keep it”? What idiots!

xdwall on July 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Rubes . . .

BLOC on July 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

They’ll get naught but Schadenfreude from me. Every election they’re out there gooning up the sidewalks and holding up signs in support of whichever Democrat ‘Flavor of the Month’ their union overlords tell them to. They hunt, they fish, then they pull the lever for politicians who would like nothing better than to ban those activities. They put ‘job security’ ahead of all else, apparently oblivious to the fact that the politicians they support believe in amnesty and race-based hiring, both of which can only depress their wages and increase competition for these same union jobs.

Nuts to them…

CaptFlood on July 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

This the time time when the useful idiots find out they were just useful idiots all along.

Grunt on July 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

“What goes around comes around.” ~~Me

timberline on July 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

It’s called ‘a lie.’

locomotivebreath1901 on July 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM

It’s called ‘a lie.’

locomotivebreath1901 on July 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM

It’s called “poorly phrased”…get with the program.

timberline on July 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM

You’re late to the party, Sparky. Some of us are smart enough to know what a lie is when we hear it; others are easily dazzled by BS. Guess which group you’re in?

Philly on July 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The WFB reports:

What is the WFB? Where is the link to the original?

brirodg on July 11, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Another union: Hey, whatever happened to “if we like our plans, we can keep them”?

…he said “pants”…not “plans”………Jay Carney

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Lord Obama has altered the deal! Pray he doesn’t alter it any further.

theguardianii on July 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Damn, I got here too late. Well played.

gekkobear on July 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Hey, Union Members;
.
…………………………….. S U R P R I S E ! ! ! ! ……………………………

listens2glenn on July 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

President Obama’s erstwhile promise assuring Americans that, “if you like your plan, you can keep it,”

Jugears – “I’m sorry, what I meant to say was, ‘if I like your plan, you can keep it.’ My bad.”

Patriot Vet on July 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

It is sad that unions were so naive as to not understand the reality or so blind as th think the reality wouldn’t apply to them. Or just so blind to their ideology that they couldn’t consider the possiblity that Obamacare wouldn’t deliver as promised. And Unions pressing for subsidies for their workers? Aren’t they fleecing their employers for every penny the can get for their workers in the name of a living wage?

hopeful on July 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Just got a notice from my employer today, with a 13 page explanation about what my options are now that “the health care plan I liked, is NO LONGER AVAILABLE”.

kirkill on July 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Both links to acawhitepaper.org are dead.

Did they flush this down the memory hole???????

http://www.acawhitepaper.org/The%20Affordable%20Care%20Act%20FINAL.pdf

http://www.acawhitepaper.org/IBEW%20fullpage%20fullcolor%20ad.pdf

Did anyone save them?

brirodg on July 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM