Krauthammer: Unions are in a state of “desperation and disappointment” over ObamaCare

posted at 9:21 pm on July 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Mary Katharine just posted what went down in the House earlier this evening, with almost a few dozen Democrats voting in favor of codifying the White House’s otherwise unilaterally-imposed delay of the employer mandate into law, and a full 22 Dems voting for a similar delay for the individual mandate as well — and while a majority of Americans want the individual mandate delayed, it’s easy to spot where some more of that conflicting pressure might be coming from. One of Democrats’ most traditionally loyal and vociferous factions of support, Big Labor is most upset about the law they for which they very proactively helped to shore up support and make sure stayed in place.

The usually solid benefits and health care options, for instance, are traditionally some of the biggest attractions for even being in a union in the first place; but with ObamaCare mucking up their multi-employer health plan system and with employers moving to part-time employees right and left, unions are now in an outraged and yet entirely predictable panic:

The first union grievance is that the employer mandate is leading business to hold worker hours below 30 hours a week to comply with the Administration’s regulatory definition. Despite the one-year suspension of the mandate, many businesses that must provide insurance or pay a penalty are shifting to part-time labor, and the union chiefs explain that “fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.” Nice to know Mr. Hoffa is reading these columns.

The unions are also aggrieved because they have failed to gain special subsidies for the multi-employer health insurance plans allowed under the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. The White House had no legal authority to grant such a request, so refusing to do so for a major political patron showed unusual restraint. …

What Mr. Hoffa and the other union reps don’t mention amid their cold sweats is that less employer-provided insurance means less of a role for unions as middle men in contract negotiations. Then again, all of the harm they are now discovering was obvious during the ObamaCare debate. It’s another reminder that Big Labor now exists mainly for the benefit of unions and their leaders, rather than the workers they supposedly represent.

Oh, how the tables have turned! Via RCP:

It is true, they supported the bill, they supported the administration, they helped elect it, had the boots on the ground and they were swindled, but it isn’t as if they weren’t warned. People who looked at the bill said the way it is constructed, there’s this huge incentive for any business, small business, to drop the number of employees under 50, the firms are now known as the 49ers, so people get fired as a way to get under the requirement of employer mandate.

It also means that a lot of full time employees are going to lose at least ten hours of work, they have to get under 30 hours. So, if you’re a full-time worker now, you’re not going to be able to support a family on part time income. But the worst is as you indicated, that they’re going to lose their members. The glory of the union movement is that beginning in the second World War when there were wage and price controls, companies competed against each other by including health care in the package. That was the beginning of that. And that’s one of the great achievements of unions.

Now what they’re seeing is workers are looking at the exchanges and seeing, ‘I can drop out of the employer plan, I get a huge subsidy, I come out ahead, and don’t have to be a member of the union.’ So this is a disaster for the unions and that’s why you have this letter of desperation and disappointment.


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Deaf. Dumb.

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Obama….
Cares…..

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

…they finally farted?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Be careful what you wish for . . . . . . . (you know the rest)

listens2glenn on July 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

…they finally farted?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

What about that…
Civilian Army that Obama promised???
Didn’t Union JackAss Jr say that his union was that army?

Well..
Union JackAss…..Jr….

What now….

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Isn’t there someone, anyone, that the unions can send their thugs out to beat and harass and make things how they were again?

It’s a sad day in America when a union can’t just bury a man alive in the concrete foundation of a building under construction to send a message to others not to mess with them. Yessir, a sad day, a black day in America.

Bishop on July 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Contrary to the leftist beliefs, pie cost money to make.

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Hoist on their own petard.

wdkeller on July 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Unions delenda est.

BDavis on July 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

“…it isn’t as if they weren’t warned…”

Um, they helped write it.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Too bad Hoffa. Now STFU and bend over! You wanted it, you got it.

GarandFan on July 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Useless idiots …

ShainS on July 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Eat it, thugs.

John the Libertarian on July 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

The Unions acted stupidly.

JimK on July 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Hah hah.

bitsy on July 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

…I thought the unions were getting condoms for O care!

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Unions. They old school. Obamacare. That’s new school.

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Poor babies

Ronnie on July 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Contrary to the leftist beliefs, pie cost money to make.

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Humble pie is very expensive.

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It’s going to be fun watching the Democrats fragile coalition shatter once the GOP manages to finish it’s protracted seppuku. You’ll have to forgive the GOP for taking so long, but their no better at suicide than they are at governing. However, once they finally get the job done and become nothing but a regional party, then the Democrats will begin to tear themselves apart. Wonder who will be the first voted off the island? That’s a joke we all know it’s going to be the gays.

DFCtomm on July 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

they object? that’s racist.

perries on July 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM

…I thought the unions were getting condoms for O care!

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

With all the excitement…
It burst..

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Yes it is. ; )

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

That’s the thing with Democrats. If they can take money away from other people on your behalf, they’ll have no problem turning around and taking money away from you either.

This is what Democrats don’t get about Liberalism. It eats itself to despair.

MrX on July 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

OBAMACARE FULL METAL JACKET STYLE

Private Hoffa has dishonored himself and dishonored the platoon! I have tried to help him, but I have failed! I have failed because you have not helped me! You people have not given Private Hoffa the proper motivation! So, from now on, whenever Private Hoffa f*cks up, I will not punish him, I will punish all of you! And the way I see it, ladies, you owe me for one Obamacare crap sandwhich Now, get on your faces!

[to Hoffa] Open your mouth!

They’re paying for it, you eat it!

Urban Cowbuck on July 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Obooboo punked your dumb a$$es. Suck it. BWAAHAAHAA

msupertas on July 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Actions have consequences.

itsspideyman on July 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I dunno maybe just some squeaks from Cadillac card holders. Methinks they still think in volume like home healh aids, babysitters and waitresses…..

Yknow the whole privledge and guilt thing.

Never underestimate the masters of the ruled.
Lib

seesalrun2 on July 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The biggest split that may come out of this is between the public sector unions and the private sector, which is the one taking all the lumps here.

Public sector unions can keep on loving ObamaCare because its not as if the federal, state or local governments which employ them are going to cut back to under 50 workers because they have to worry about their bottom line — the mostly Blue States which are unionized will simply find the cash via their taxpayers, while the feds will do the same with the national government’s unionized workers. AFSCME and SEIU won’t lose any members because of the new law and will keep backing it; it’s the private sector unions that Obama and congressional Democrats may have inadvertently put a stake through their hearts with the new law.

But to Obama and Congressional Dems, the public sector unions are more important to them anyway, because they can help them control policy and dish out governmental punishment (see the IRS situation for a prime example). Given the choice between a bigger government and bigger government unions and saving the private sector unions, Team Obama will choose the former every time.

jon1979 on July 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Obama looked for the union label and got it.

docflash on July 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Hoffa shoulda read da bill before he paid off dozens in Congress to pass it.

Kissmygrits on July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

OBAMACARE FULL METAL JACKET STYLE

Private Hoffa has dishonored himself and dishonored the platoon! I have tried to help him, but I have failed! I have failed because you have not helped me! You people have not given Private Hoffa the proper motivation! So, from now on, whenever Private Hoffa f*cks up, I will not punish him, I will punish all of you! And the way I see it, ladies, you owe me for one Obamacare crap sandwhich Now, get on your faces!

[to Hoffa] Open your mouth!

They’re paying for it, you eat it!

Urban Cowbuck on July 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

*golfclap* Nicely done, Sir… Bravo!

This is my insurance plan… There are many like it, but this one is mine…

PointnClick on July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Deaf. Dumb. and Buggered!

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

.
What makes this all the more delicious is union bosses trusting a Chicago thug who literally doesn’t need them anymore.

It’s not like the SCOAMF gives a flying fluke for any of the Democrats.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Hoffa You broke it … you own it….

HatfieldMcCoy on July 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Unions. They old school. Obamacare. That’s new school.

oldroy on July 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

That new school.”

New school doesn’t need verbs, either.

Solaratov on July 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

…I thought the unions were getting condoms for O care!

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

With all the excitement…
It burst..

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

So…they’ll need to avail themselves of obamacare “inconvenient pregnancy termination options”.

N’est pas?

Solaratov on July 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM

N’est-ce pas?

Solaratov on July 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Was this all part of John Roberts’ nefarious plan to defeat Obamacare?

PattyJ on July 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Unexpectedly

workingclass artist on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

To quote Super Chicken, to his sidekick, Fred.

“You knew the job was dangerous when you took it!”

Jack Deth on July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Despite the one-year suspension of the mandate, many businesses that must provide insurance or pay a penalty are shifting to part-time labor

They are shifting to part time in spite of the one-year suspension because the one-year suspension could be found by the Courts to be illegal. What happens when the government (ie Treasury) gives businesses advice that is found to be illegal and overturned by the Courts? Do the business then have to pay back taxes they didn’t think they had to pay?

I think it is likely that they would, but even the probability is made low because Congress & the President would then fix the problem ‘post haste’, there is no guarantee they would. I doubt businesses will want to chance that considering the atmosphere of political whim and caprice we live in today.

Dusty on July 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I believe Karl Marx would call these people the “useful idiots.”

goflyers on July 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

And there’s another one ‘under the bus’.

How stupid were these union leaders? To think Obama wouldn’t screw them over? Just incredible.

Conservchik on July 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Obamacare whoopass Hoffa

Conservchik on July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Okay let me get ths out first. Hey Trumka Hoffa BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA How’s it feel to be bent over in front of the whole word and used? And you morons never saw it coming. All we can d now is LAL. Laugh at Liberals.

stormridercx4 on July 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

So they sent a letter? Gee, times have changed. I think they’re just being polite for now.

These are not folks who take betrayal lightly.

dogsoldier on July 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Don’t believe everything in the ‘news’ and fall for it, as yet another piece of media lie.

Unions (if not all) enjoy the exempt status from HHS.

Where/Who do you think the thousands and thousands on the exempt list Sebulius granted are composed of?

Sir Napsalot on July 18, 2013 at 7:07 AM

It’s just another example of special interest groups that blindly support the Democrats. African-Americans are told how, but for the Dems, slavery and chains are just a vote away. They settle for the free crumbs their masters so generously toss. Look at the fires of “racism” being stoked over the Zimmerman acquittal by raising issues such as “stand your ground” laws that weren’t even part of the charges or defense? Shiny things to distract from the real issues, such as disastrous unemployment among blacks, or ObamaCare collapsing one of the few “benefits” of unionization.
Useful idiots, all.

tpitman on July 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM

And just wait until some idiot on the Left wants this thing amended to force a 40 hour work week or require that anyone who is getting paid and employed for more than a week be covered. Then you will see the return of the 40 hour work week, but under the Bob Barker Contract System: every day you get to sign a one-day contract for work that day and it is non-renewable so you must sign one for every day you wish to work.

Worked for Bob Barker to keep the sexual harassment claims down, and it will work with businesses large and small that want more productivity without the Obamacare overhead… or SSA overhead… or any other wage-based overhead imposed by government. That will be the movement of the US from part-timers to day laborers all thanks to the ever loving US federal government.

ajacksonian on July 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM

How bout some “boots on the ground” to protest the law there, Hoffa?

NickelAndDime on July 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Are there any unions that employ more than 50 people full time?

Pythagoras on July 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Schadenboner!!!!

2lbsTest on July 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Are there any unions that employ more than 50 people full time?

Pythagoras on July 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Actually, yes, there are plenty, and those union employees (as opposed to union workers) are going to get hammered by Obamacare. I would shed a tear for them, but I’m too busy laughing…

Humphrey on July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I would be laughing my head off at Hoffa except I cant find it in me since mu son cant find a job, my daughter graduates college in 2 years and will be facing a brutal job market as well and I and my husband are praying that we keep our jobs. Obamacare is killing the job market. The infuriating thing is the right told everyone what a disaster this would be and we were mocked. In a sane world this would be enough to convince people that the right is the way to go but this isn’t a sane world anymore.

neyney on July 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The coal mining unions in WV are feeling the same way now. They supported Obama and now he’s regulating them to death. Coal mines all over the state are closing down. I feel for the people, but have no sympathy at all for the unions.

blackgriffin on July 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM