No one has been more loyal to the democrats than the unions, but now Harry Reid is basically telling them, “Tough crap, amigos.” Appearing on a Nevada Public Radio, Reid blew off the unions complaints about Obamacare with a casual:
“You can’t just keep running to the doctor with no deductible.”
Imagine how the unions, who dropped the better part of a billion dollars on Obama and the democrats, in 2008 and 2012 alone, must feel. Many of the trade unions, who move from project to project, such as carpenters, pipefitters, and drywallers, can no longer demand that the various companies cover their healthcare costs between them and they will likely end up in the same exchanges they fought for everyone else to get. The irony is sweet.
Not only that but union members who get to keep their benefits will end up paying a Cadillac tax because their coverage is too good. Unions for their part can lose the lucrative healthcare fund they administer.
Other unions are none too happy with the democrats either. The union that covers ICE and Border agents has taken Obama to court over their inability to enforce US law, putting them at odds with the oath they took when they joined. And the unions representing the construction workers, who do pipeline work, are livid over the denial of approval to build the Keystone Pipeline.
Who knows what that could mean during the 2014 election cycle. The republicans overturning the ACA seems to be their best bet, but will they support them?
On July 12th, Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and D Taylor of UNITE-HERE wrote a letter addressed to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, demanding changes in the ACA.
“We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.”
Isn’t that what republicans have said since day one of the Obamacare fiasco bill? I think so. Reid’s statement is a clear message to the unions that their plans are unsustainable under Obamacare. Okay, unions…….your play.
Steven Ahle is the Editor of Red Statements and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.