Big Labor: ObamaCare is making income inequality worse, you know

posted at 7:01 pm on March 8, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

A bunch of labor unions’ massive retrenchment from directly supporting the passage of ObamaCare to publicly taking the legislation to the woodshed is well documented by now, but yet another big union just came out swinging against the law by levying one of President Obama’s favorite intellectually bankrupt themes against him: Income inequality, of course. Via the Washington Examiner:

A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.

“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”

Based on government and private reports, polling and statements from administration officials, the report, to be sent to pro-union members in Congress, charges that low-wage workers are taking the hit under Obamacare, while wealthy insurance companies fatten up on government subsidies. …

“Believe me; I enter this entire debate about the consequences of the ACA with a deep reluctance,” he wrote. “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

Burn — especially since the Obama administration has been trying to argue all along the ObamaCare could only possibly have positive effects on employment all across the board, and the fact that labor unions are some of the biggest campaign donors around can hardly have Democrats feeling any better about their relationship with the president’s crowning legislative achievement going into the midterm elections.

Of course, the Obama administration did manage to throw Big Labor a bone with some much-lobbied-for special treatment in the form of an exemption from ObamaCare’s reinsurance fee. The Obama administration codified that into their latest tranche of regulations released last week, although Labor still doesn’t think the exemption goes nearly far enough in meeting their demands in solving the problems they helped to create for themselves when they overwhelmingly supported the law in the first place. Woops.

The slew of regulations released by the Obama administration Wednesday to implement the federal health law included confirmation that some labor unions and businesses would get a break from the law’s so-called belly button tax.

Federal officials signaled in November they were planning to let some organizations that offer health insurance off paying a reinsurance fee on each person they cover, which goes into a fund to compensate insurance carriers that end up paying big medical bills now they can no longer charge riskier people more.

The fee was $63 for 2014, and applied to spouses and dependents as well as policyholders, which is where it earned the nickname “bellybutton tax.” Large employers and organized labor had campaigned against the fee because they said they were being asked to subsidize commercial insurance companies and could not afford it.

For 2015, the fee has been set at $44 — but it won’t apply to any plan that is both “self-insured” and “self-administered,” the Wednesday rules say. Some union plans could fit that definition, though not all.


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The WSJ reports that various Big Labor groups are balking at rising health-care and insurance costs, and they’re pressuring the Obama administration to stretch the federal subsidy program meant to apply to low-income workers without employer coverage in order to help them comply with the individual mandate and purchase health insurance (emphasis mine):

Unions have low-income workers in their charge?

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Unions have low-income workers in their charge?

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

‘Low income’ being relative.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I sure hope HotAir links to the Palin speech this evening

Damn!! One hell of a speech.

Yeah, I’m one of her Biggest supporters….so I’m biased?

Too bad.

Oh, and yeah, this is OT. Too bad.

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Only the stupid would support unions, and this is just one more example.

Flange on March 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

‘Low income’ being relative.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

You mean like paying your sister in law to mow your yard?

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

He’s your arse, Big Labor, so just suck it all up.

VorDaj on March 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Karma.Idiots.

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I sure hope HotAir links to the Palin speech this evening

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

It will be QOTD. Jazz told us already.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

You unions all voted for him. Now you reap the consequences. Enjoy.

Marxism is for dummies on March 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Is HotAir neglecting the CPAC straw poll for some reason?

Firefly_76 on March 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Shockingly unshocking….

sorrowen on March 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

You wanted him. You got him. So STFU! And suck it up!

GarandFan on March 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Is it a prerequisite of belonging to a union that you must be as dumb as a slab of granite?

There are earthworms in my lawn that correctly predicted this outcome.

Unions, in their entirety, should be Constitutionally banned from American life.

turfmann on March 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It will be QOTD. Jazz told us already.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Muchos Gracias

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Obama preaches one thing…

While his policies do completely the other…

Then when half of America feels the hate from Obama..

Obama doubles up on this initial claim….

And he regains the love….

Electrongod on March 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Big meanies! How are Bait Car participants to get health care if you don’t dig deep?

OldEnglish on March 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

OT, but not really

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Is HotAir neglecting the CPAC straw poll for some reason?

Firefly_76 on March 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Plus “Rev” Wright’s daughter being convicted of money laundering in Chicago?

What gives HA?

Fathom on March 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Big Labor: Obama’s Army.

22044 on March 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Plus “Rev” Wright’s daughter being convicted of money laundering in Chicago?

What gives HA?

Fathom on March 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Guess you didn’t hear?

America is run by RICH WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I sure hope HotAir links to the Palin speech this evening

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Admit it, you just want to play with the nutball Palin-haters.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Is HotAir neglecting the CPAC straw poll for some reason?

has anyone who has ever won the cpac straw poll ever won the republican nomination? just wondering?

gerrym51 on March 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Here’s a Grenade that exploded a while ago

Palin:

“Hey GOP Establishment, you remember that 2010 Congressional
victory?

You didn’t Build that, the Tea Party did”

I guess at this point the GOPe despises this woman?

Hmmmmm, the feeling is Mutual, I would say?

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Admit it, you just want to play with the nutball Palin-haters.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Yup, guilty as charged. If she’s QOTD, it should be fun.

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

BARROCK KNOWS what it’s like to be livin’ in a land of RICH! WHITE! PEEPUL!!!

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Unions have low-income workers in their charge?

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Maybe, if the state isn’t a right-to-work state. One of the bigger supermarket chains in my area required union membership for all employees. Their starting pay was minimum wage. That was before Indiana became a right-to-work state, though, so I don’t know if it still applies.

JimLennon on March 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I’m pretty sure that cozmo guy is refreshed, relaxed and feeling the breeze in anticipation of the better known Palin-hain’ nutballs making an appearance.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Alls I know is unseen better show himself.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

The worm turns…

vnvet on March 8, 2014 at 7:45 PM

And I do have some preening to do. After I consume a few bottles of liquid false bravado…

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Heh..heh..heh…It looks like somebody finally got around to reading the law so that they could find out what’s in it.

And they don’t like what they found…that lil barry has suckered them and lied to them just like he has to the rest of America.

Next time, union lackeys, read the fine print before you count on getting something for nothing…paid for by the rest of us.

Solaratov on March 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

How would that be any different than the preening you do before your liquid courage?

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

It will be QOTD. Jazz told us already.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Luckily, we don’t have to wait.

RoadRunner on March 8, 2014 at 7:52 PM

It will be QOTD. Jazz told us already.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

There was supposed to be a link:

http://therightscoop.com/watch-sarah-palins-fantastic-keynote-address-to-end-cpac2014/

RoadRunner on March 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

How would that be any different than the preening you do before your liquid courage?

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Good point. I do like to preen. Like a leeetle banty rooster.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

“Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report…

Odds of Obama coming up with yet another “smart fix”?

“Smart fixes” and “smart power,” the twin pillars of this administration’s domestic and foreign policies. And both are crumbling before everyone’s eyes.

de rigueur on March 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

There was supposed to be a link:

http://therightscoop.com/watch-sarah-palins-fantastic-keynote-address-to-end-cpac2014/

RoadRunner on March 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Your first link worked just fine.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM

The only fix the GOP should even entertain is full repeal. Take what’s positive in the law and add it to a new package of small fased-in laws that are added and implemented slowly so that market reaction can be monitored and the next laws adjusted accordingly. We have seen that ‘comprehensive reform’ is a total failure.

rmkdbq on March 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

JimLennon on March 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Interesting.

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,”

That is actually a really effective way of putting it.

S. Weasel on March 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

The unions are no different then the rest of the Democratic party, rich at the top, but screwed at the bottom. The elite Dems lie to them, steal from them, and laugh at them behind their backs.

Blacksheep on March 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

‘Low income’ being relative.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
You mean like paying your sister in law to mow your yard?

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Is it more than 5 acres and do you make her an old-fashioned rotary push mower.

RickB on March 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Good point. I do like to preen. Like a leeetle banty rooster.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

dude, seriously….

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The Unions must have already blasted through that Gummint Motors pension loot to suddenly give a damn.

viking01 on March 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Admit it, you just want to play with the nutball Palin-haters.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Yup, guilty as charged. If she’s QOTD, it should be fun.

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Indeed.

It’s always fun to see the Palin-haters defend the fearsome Boehner, McVain, McConnell and Romney.

viking01 on March 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

She singled out one person for major praise. Ted Cruz.
Let’s see.

Keynoter CPAC 2012-Sarah Palin
Keynoter CPAC 2013-Ted Cruz
Keynoter CPAC 2014-Sarah Palin

Hmmmmmm…..

ToddPA on March 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

The admin at the local ibew in Wisconsin is making $200,000+/ yr while the actual workers are making about 1/3 of that.

Murphy9 on March 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Damnit, where is QOTD? Hagfishes head will exlode tonight…

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Damnit, where is QOTD? Hagfishes head will exlode tonight…

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

On another thread, we had hagfish and CheeseBalls. Smelled like a Jewish smorgasboard in there.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

No kidding. I already set my clocks forward so it will seem like I am staying up really late.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I’m gasping for air. Mr. Obama just isn’t that into you any more.

Although to be fair he is still sticking it into you. That’s the way he rolls. Fore!

Mason on March 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

On another thread, we had hagfish and CheeseBalls. Smelled like a Jewish smorgasboard in there.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Cheeseballs.

RickB on March 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Didja’ all see Jazz slapdown hagfish in the speed read thread?

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Is that a gang sign he’s flashing there?

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Is it more than 5 acres and do you make her an old-fashioned rotary push mower.

RickB on March 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I wouldn’t make my SIL do that with a push mower. It’s barely 4 acres.

hawkdriver on March 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Didja’ all see Jazz slapdown hagfish in the speed read thread?

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Very nice…
MG made an appearance there too, good to see.

22044 on March 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I think the Unions should suffer the same fate of the idiotic Dems who supported this monstrosity. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and if it sounds to good to be true, it always is

Brock Robamney on March 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Thanks, I would have missed it if not for you.

Jazz Shaw, the ballsyest important mucky-muck here.

Not that it takes much to put that willfully ignorant blowhard hagfish in her place.

cozmo on March 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

It will be QOTD. Jazz told us already.

Lanceman on March 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I’ve been sick as hell for 3 weeks, and evidently have missed a lot, lol… but I’m pretty sure that would be worth staying up for.
Hi everyone, btw.

fresh air on March 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

Just another one of those “we want everyone to have health care but we didn’t think we’d have to pay for it” complaints.

Yawn. Can’t they even come up with something original? Obamabots bore me even more than their Messiah does.

CJ on March 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Oh, and you’re now raaacists too.

CJ on March 8, 2014 at 10:24 PM

…Shad needs to read the speed read thread

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

It’s hilarious watching liberals go at each other.

Ward Cleaver on March 9, 2014 at 1:10 AM

has anyone who has ever won the cpac straw poll ever won the republican nomination? just wondering?
gerrym51 on March 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Reagan. W Bush. Romney.

airupthere on March 9, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Obama has a stunted pinkie but that does not stop him from picking his nose or our pockets.

Sherman1864 on March 9, 2014 at 6:40 AM

But…..but the ACA will give them the opportunity to quit those jobs and do things they really want to do…….oh, they really need those jobs. Let’em eat cake!
The ruling class of our country really can’t understand the problems facing the average American. The whole damn bunch is out of touch!

Herb on March 9, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The greedy unions were all for obamacare when they saw more bennies for their sheep. But they, along with most congresscritters and liberals, didn’t read what was in obamacare neither before nor after passing it. They put too much trust in their leader. Now the pain of reality is setting in.

You asked for it. You got it. Now suck it up, shut up, and sit down and be quiet. Want mayo with that chit sammich?

timberline on March 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Yes, the Labor money is just going to pour into the GOP coffers.

In ’96 I listened to black radio host interview a local black activist in Chicago. For most of an hour, the activist railed against Bill Clinton and the way she perceived his betrayal of the black community. At the end of the program, the host asked what the black community was to do. The remainder of the program consisted of a campaign ad for Clinton – by the activist – because, as she put it, “the alternative is so much worse”. She was talking about Bob Dole. Bob Dole was her idea of an unpardonable racist who was beyond the pale.

So, no, these types of comments mean nothing. And the DNC will not sweat it.

Hucklebuck on March 9, 2014 at 8:17 PM