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Unions: ObamaCare Will Destroy the 40 Hour Work Week! by The Elephant's Child

An unusually harsh letter from the presidents of three powerful unions was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but it was clearly intended for President Obama.

James Hoffa of the Teamsters (1.4 million members), Joseph Hansen of the Food and Commercial Workers (1.3 million members), and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE 200,000 culinary and hotel workers) wrote to complain about ObamaCare. Millions of union workers have non-profit health plans administered jointly by unions and employers, and will not qualify for ObamaCare’s taxpayer subsidies. That makes a unionized workforce more expensive for employers and less attractive for workers.

Union leaders are also concerned about the incentive for employers to reduce their workers’ hours, destroying the 40-hour work week. Employers can avoid a $2,000 per worker fine if they reduce house below 30 hours. The latest unemployment numbers demonstrate that many employers are already cutting hours to part-time for their workers. It is currently happening in just the occupations these unions represent.  Their non-profit insurance plans are also subject to ObamaCare’s new 2% to 3% tax on each insurance policy. They want their members exempted from the tax that every other family would have to pay.

ObamaCare also has new taxes on drugs, insurance, medical devices and health providers. Voters are concerned that those costs will be passed on to them through their insurance. People are just waking up to the notion that ObamaCare isn’t free and has some serious unintended consequences.

Labor unions were responsible for the passage of ObamaCare. They spent tons of money electing Democrats to Congress in 2006 and 2008 and to push the health care law through Congress.

“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act,” they begin, “you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat…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.”

So will Obama execute an executive order to fix the union’s objections? He seems to believe that he can adjust the employer mandate, a part of the law, just by saying so, though it has been widely pointed out that presidents are obliged, under the Constitution to faithfully execute the laws.  Congress has voted to legalize his delay of the employer mandate, adding a delay of the individual mandate — which the president has angrily announced that he will veto.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

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