It’s no secret that major labor unions have been growing increasingly disillusioned with the health care overhaul for which they themselves relentlessly campaigned and helped to ensure passage. Their angst is due to a number of reasons but mainly the way in which the law affects the multi-employer health insurance plans that unions arrange for workers often within industries that have odd/inconsistent jobs and hours, known as Taft-Hartley plans, that cover approximately 20 million U.S. workers.
Unions are really gunning for ObamaCare’s subsidies — meant to apply to low-income people without employer-sponsored health care coverage — to apply to workers covered under current Taft-Hartley plans too, because without subsidies employers will have incentives to drop the plans and simply force workers onto the exchanges. Since the great benefits are one of the supposedly prime attractions of even joining a union, you can imagine Big Labor leaders’ distress.
Last week, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka let it be known that he was “working with the administration on ObamaCare” to find a solution for their oh-so-unexpected plight, ahem, but other leaders are still pretty frustrated with the lack of progress they’re seeing on getting concessions. Why has the administration catered to so many other special interest groups, but not us?, they wonder angrily: