AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Yeah, employers are cutting workers’ hours because of ObamaCare
posted at 6:41 pm on September 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Labor Day was presumably not a particularly happy occasion for AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka this year; he had, after all, only just learned that 40,000 Longshoremen were formally ending their association with the AFL-CIO chiefly because of ObamaCare and immigration disputes, exacerbating the general dismay that Big Labor is increasingly expressing as they realize that their many ministrations on behalf of ObamaCare’s passage were practically for naught. Trumka has lately been occupying himself by making sure that his headache is also the Obama administration’s headache, the better to relentlessly lobby them to alter the law on unions’ behalf. I don’t know if I’d say that we’re quite witnessing the full under-the-bus mode, but this is escalating quickly:
The Affordable Care Act does need some modifications to it, because as it does right now, what’s happening is, you have employers that the law says if you pay your, if your employees work 30 hours or more a week, you’ve got to give them healthcare. So they’re restructuring their workforce to give workers 29 and a half hours so they don’t have to provide them healthcare. They’re also doing some taxing to nonprofit plans to pay for for-profit plans.
I can’t imagine that the Obama administration could have possibly imagined a harmonious outcome here; so many promises to so many special interests all thrown together into one ginormous package remaking the entire health-care industry in their image was hardly a recipe for a steadfast coalition. Sure, it got the law passed sans any bipartisanship whatsoever, but now that the Obama administration has been making concessions for certain rent-seeking groups, they can hardly expect positive press the ones still in line.