Union leaders blast ObamaCare in letter to Reid, Pelosi

posted at 12:01 pm on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama tried using his State of the Union speech in part as a defense of ObamaCare, showing that he was not prepared to retreat from his signature legislative achievement even after the disastrous rollout. The intent was clearly to reset the debate on both metrics and anecdotes, with presidential guests including a woman who finally could buy insurance through the new system, as a way to help Democrats fight the issue in the midterms. Republicans countered by inviting a number of guests whose lives, coverage, and medical care have been disrupted by ObamaCare in many different ways.

Not everyone was thrilled with the defense of ObamaCare, including a couple of surprising critics. Jon Ralston reports that two national union leaders have sent a letter blasting ObamaCare to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — representing in one case a very important union to Reid in Nevada:

In a scathing letter to congressional leaders, the head of the Culinary’s parent union and the national laborers’ organization lambasted the administration’s implementation of Obamacare, saying it “undermines fair market competition” and emphasized they are “bitterly disappointed.”

Las Vegas’ own D. Taylor of UniteHERE and Terry O’Sullivan of LIUNA sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week, part of an unrelenting campaign against the health care law’s implementation that they have been waging since last year.

Ralston notes that the culinary union’s political director started firing shots at Obama during the speech, including this angry response to his claim that “nine million” have found insurance since ObamaCare’s rollout:

The letter makes their displeasure known in no uncertain terms, especially their denied request for special dispensation:

Once we realized the ACA would not let us keep the health care we had, we spent three years presenting the Administration with reasonable fixes to the ACA’s problems. All of them were rejected and the proposed regulations offer virtually no assistance toward any of these solutions.

We were bitterly disappointed upon reading the proposed regulations put forward by the Administration. If the Administration honestly thinks that these proposed rules are responsive to our concerns, they were not listening or they simply did not care.

Well, then the unions can join the millions of Americans who have already had the same impression about the Obama administration, and Obama himself. They concluded with a parting shot at Obama’s sudden embrace of “income inequality” while pursuing a system that encourages businesses to cut hours to avoid costs:

It would be a sad irony indeed if the signature legislative accomplishment of an Administration committed to reducing income inequality cut living standards for middle income and low wage workers.

Given what Obama has already done to the living standards of the middle class through Obamanomics, which produced a rapid decline of the workforce participation rate, this concern seems a bit late from the unions. We already have millions of “bitterly disappointed” Americans who have left the workforce thanks to economic policies that these unions support. Now that their own ox has been gored, they’re angry — and they should be, of course, but that is a bit late in coming.

Last time Harry Reid ran for election in Nevada, he ended up getting rescued in part by the culinary union. This sounds like a warning that the labor cavalry might not bother to show up next time Reid needs help.


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Why do I not feel sorry for the unions? The perils of Obamacare couldn’t happen to a “nicer” group of people.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

my answer to the unions who supported aca and Obama-”suck pond water”

gerrym51 on January 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Yvanna Cancela has an appropriate name to be complaining about OCare.

Defenestratus on January 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“We were bitterly disappointed …”

Tea Party was right. You should have listened.

forest on January 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Add unions to the group of dolts that get to say “I was all for free health insurance for other people, I just didn’t know I would have to pay for their health insurance.” Need to plant more money trees, pronto.

change is for suckers on January 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Sorry, but the unions were supportive of Obamacare up until the point when they realized that they wouldn’t be getting the special “Friends of Barry” dispensations they were promised three years ago.

Let them burn.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Embrace the suck you once promoted.
Not much sympathy here.

pambi on January 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Embrace the suck, suckers. You voted for this guy.

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Embrace the suck.

Akzed on January 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Yeah right. I’m sure they will start backing conservatives now. The louder they squeal the more they can demand.

Mimzey on January 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Rubes.

We told you so.

Schadenfreude rules.

BLOC on January 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Barack Obama tried using his State of the Union speech in part as a defense of ObamaCare, showing that he was not prepared to retreat from his signature legislative achievement even after the disastrous rollout.

Can we stop talking about the “disastrous rollout”, Ed? That implies that the only thing wrong with Obamacare was its web site and implementation, and not the substance of the law. The law itself is disastrous.

flipflop on January 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Why do I not feel sorry for the unions? The perils of Obamacare couldn’t happen to a “nicer” group of people.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

While the comments by the unions leaders here sound like they’ve finally caught on to ObamaCare, you know if the White House offered them some executive order exempting unions from all of the program while still forcing everyone else to suffer, they’d take it in a heartbeat and would be singing Obama’s praises on MSNBC and elsewhere about 15 seconds after the order was signed.

jon1979 on January 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

“Thank you mister president for taking time out of your BUSY DAY! Gracious god thank you!!!”

o ba ma

o ba ma

hope an change

yes we can

o ba ma…

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Socialists not invited to the elites’ table hardest hit.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Schadenfreude rules.

BLOC on January 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

:)

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

, saying it “undermines fair market competition” and emphasized they are “bitterly disappointed.”

Holy cow. Yeah, right…nothing screams ‘Fair Market competition’ like UNION.

BigWyo on January 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Aren’t they Obama’s army receiving marching orders? I guess that worked out so well.

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Ted Cruz should send them an open letter telling them that when you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Last time Harry Reid ran for election in Nevada, he ended up getting rescued in part by the culinary union. This sounds like a warning that the labor cavalry might not bother to show up next time Reid needs help.

Please.

That would only happen if another union-backed Dem primaried Reid. Otherwise, he has nothing to fear.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

BTW, Yvanna needs to take off the shades when she tweets. Her vanity can only be matched by The One’s.

Tater Salad on January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Aw, poor babies.

SouthernGent on January 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Now Obama has the Unions against him. At least he has two dogs for true friends in Washington.

SC.Charlie on January 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Scott Walker for president.

SC.Charlie on January 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Ted Cruz should send them an open letter telling them that when you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Sounds great except that the unions lied down with something other than dogs and what they’ve contracted as a result is far worse than a case of fleas.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Karma.
Best enjoyed cold.
Enjoy the flavor, Unionistas.

orangemtl on January 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

No sympathy from me. Vote better next time. Perhaps for someone other than the Marxist community organizer, hmm?

Elections have consequences.

Embrace the SUCK.

Meople on January 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

So what are they really angry about? That Obamacare is bad for the nation or that they didn’t get special treatment to be excluded? Rhetorical question. It is interesting to note that they apparently started complaining three years ago and yet Obama was still “surprised” at how it evolved.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I guess this puts Libfree in a Pickle….

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Not only, “told you so” but any reasonably thinking person should have known. No secret here!

rjoco1 on January 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Serious question. Why not have the unions, corporates and conservatives sit down together on this one issue, in a way to design an alternative to obamacare. They may find out they have more in common. Might be open door between GOP and unions

ConservativePartyNow on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Last time Harry Reid ran for election in Nevada, he ended up getting rescued in part by the culinary union. This sounds like a warning that the labor cavalry might not bother to show up next time Reid needs help.

Aw, c’mon. These people are like the media, or any other donk support group: terminal sufferers of battered spouse syndrome. They’ll come crawling back, they know it and so does Reid.

Spurius Ligustinus on January 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Last time Harry Reid ran for election in Nevada, he ended up getting rescued in part by the culinary union. This sounds like a warning that the labor cavalry might not bother to show up next time Reid needs help.

Not a chance. The Unions and the Dem Party are pretty much joined at the hip. What the Unions do not realize is that they need the Dems more than the Dems meet them. Most Union supporters are constitutionally incapable of voting for anything other than a Dem so whether or not the Union officially endorses a Dem candidate, the Union people will still all pull that Dem lever.

catsandbooks on January 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

So what are they really angry about? That Obamacare is bad for the nation or that they didn’t get special treatment to be excluded? Rhetorical question. It is interesting to note that they apparently started complaining three years ago and yet Obama was still “surprised” at how it evolved.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I have to say that I am surprised that the Dems didn’t jump on a union carve-out just as soon as the unions started screaming.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I have to think after giving so many people and corporations a pass that they were afraid the public might be on to them. Now why they would think that, after the public elected him twice, is beyond me.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

So she and her fellow union cronies blew a billion dollars taken out of peoples’ paychecks in order to elect someone who cuts those same peoples’ health plans and hours.

What she’s trying to save is her head from being placed on top of a pike.

northdallasthirty on January 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Well I know I’m laughing at them. And know they’d take a carve out in a minute and be happy to laugh back at me again. Obama as accomplished dividing the nation and not much else.

And when they get their carve out, the repubs will do nothing.

DanMan on January 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Wow ! They can read ?

Lucano on January 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

pain train on January 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Wow ! They can read ?

Lucano on January 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Of course they can Reid. They can also write to Reid.

Shy Guy on January 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Poor things, I feel for you, no really; I’m actually crying quite hard on the inside.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“…[union] organization lambasted the administration’s implementation of Obamacare, saying it “undermines fair market competition

Ok. I should have known it Opposite Day when I woke up and everything outside was white.

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

It would be a sad irony indeed if the signature legislative accomplishment of an Administration committed to reducing income inequality cut living standards for middle income and low wage workers.

Kinda sounds like:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
– Winston Churchill

I think most of us here know that’s been the goal all along. Nice to see some of the others waking up.

LooseCannon on January 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

The rank and file aren’t happy either. They are talking about raising our dues because of….the koch brothers and the right to work movement.

People are pissed off. The Intl. aren’t doing jack for the rank and file.

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

But the Tea Party was racist for pointing all of this out 3+ years ago.

Maybe, if you’d actually listened to us, instead of calling us racists, you wouldn’t be in this pickle now.

Chris of Rights on January 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Embrace the suck you once promoted.
Not NO sympathy here.

pambi on January 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Well said pambi :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The Won will eventually cut the Unions a deal, via pen or phone, and they will walk away laughing, and spitting on the rest of us.

I Curse Unions!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Oh how this web of lies has gotten out of control. I really mean, Common Sense. The Barry Buddies in the Unions didn’t get a pass (Yet). But the Sisters of the Poor must be mandated.

Is this the remainder of people looking for a pass, or how many more will get an exemption by that pen of BHO?

Sabercat2 on January 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

You stupid pr0$******s? Because they know you can’t do anything. What are you going to do? Vote Republican(Shudder)?

antisocial on January 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

You a$$holes are the ones who embraced this disaster so go get your f&*cking shine box and embrace the suck!

jeffinsjvca on January 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

We were bitterly disappointed upon reading the proposed regulations put forward by the Administration. If the Administration honestly thinks that these proposed rules are responsive to our concerns, they were not listening or they simply did not care.

Oh my sides hurt from laughing so much. Unions think they deserve special exemption from a law they pushed on us. Oh, stop! Yer killing me!

Hill60 on January 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Here’s a response even a union thug can understand. FU.

ouldbollix on January 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Remember when Flounder let the fellas from Animal House borrow his brother’s car?

And the car ends up worse than when the fellas took possession of it…

Otter then says to Flounder “You f’d up, you trusted us!”

I think of that whenever I hear about the unions being upset about this. Nothing happens to those causing the damage and Flounder stays in the fraternity anyway.

jjjdad on January 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Waiting for the Union Pacific Railroad to jettison their employee healthcare… a matter of time..

Khun Joe on January 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

To get King Barack the Magnificent to “fix” the ACA isn’t going to happen.

“Fix” would imply that His Majesty made a mistake!

Racist! unions!

GarandFan on January 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I don’t think these guys care quite honestly. This was as much Reid an Pelosi’s signature legislation as it was Obamas. I think a lot of unions are going to rethink their support of the clowns in Washington. Just takes a while to clean house.

COgirl on January 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Just goes to show that if you can convince people that their vital interests are not at risk that they will support what would be their own execution.

Russ808 on January 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

But all this means is they are just going to vote for difference Demo-marxists in the next election. Ones who will make sure the unions are treated better than everyone else.

yhxqqsn on January 29, 2014 at 6:19 PM

If they think ZeroCare™ is bad just wait till they get a load of AMNESTY!

Illegals won’t join no stinkin union and the current members will be unemployed.

Bye Bye Unions, Bye Bye.

dogsoldier on January 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

That would only happen if another union-backed Dem primaried Reid. Otherwise, he has nothing to fear.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

And Reid will keep on “winning” as long as unions are the only ones allowed and appointed to man the voting machines. No need to “find more ballots in car trunks”.

riddick on January 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM