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July 15, 2013

If You Like Your Political Lie, You Can Keep Your Political Lie: Union Leaders Continue Making Noises About Losing Their Insurance Under ObamaCare

ObamaCare is every bit as unpopular as, say, assault weapons, and the public is just as hungry for public action on that.

And yet the media largely ignores ObamaCare as a live political issue. They don't report on it because they wish to convey the idea that there's nothing you can do so you might as well accept it.

Which is a powerful propaganda tactic -- you don't have to gain public support, after all. You merely need to gain public acquiescence.

So, while we have endless media campaigning on behalf of gun control and amnesty, the media just seems not to notice that ObamaCare is an unpopular, divisive scheme which even Democrats oppose.

Teamsters president James Hoffa, UFCW president Joseph Hanson, and UNITE-HERE president D. Taylor have written a joint letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi complaining that ObamaCare will demolish the unions' insurance plan.

Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

[E]ven though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.

National Review has more quotes. (Yeah, I don't feel like reading the whole letter. I'm lazy.)

“Our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretation for their respective grievances,” such as the employer mandate delay.

“We have a problem, you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe.”

“Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios."


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