THE UNIONS AND OBAMACARE

12/4/13 (23LH)
After Sticking U.S. With A Sick Health Care Law, Did Unions Just Get A Sweetheart Deal On ObamaCare?
Do you remember all of the fuss that union bosses were making a couple of months ago about ObamaCare destroying the ‘health and well being’ of their members? Well, as it turns out, Barack Obama may have covered his union buddies’ backs after all. According to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “the Obama administration is signaling it intends to exempt some union plans from one of the law’s substantial taxes.”
Buried in rules issued last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016. That’s a description that applies to many Taft-Hartley union plans acting as their own insurance company and claims processor, said Edward Fensholt, a senior vice president at Lockton Cos., a large insurance broker.
First they got themselves waivers and, now, union bosses are negotiating to make union plans exempt. Who do they think they are? Congress? Why So Shocked? You Were NEVER Meant To Keep Your Health Insurance Under #ObamaCare.
The term transition is absolutely the correct term when discussing the debacle known as ObamaCare. Tthe Center of American Progress), ObamaCare was never meant for Americans to “keep their health insurance plans,” it is a transition plan to drive all Americans* to single-payer (aka nationalized or socialized) health care. “Within five years (if not sooner), the U.S. will have full-blown socialized medicine under President Barack Obama.” Obama’s plan during the campaign was called a “pay or play” plan. His plan would to force all employers to pay 100% of their employees’ health care–OR, if they didn’t, he would require those employers to pay 6% of their payroll to “opt in” to the government’s plan. That either-or–pay 100% of employees’ insurance or pay six percent of payroll into a government plan–was the scheme to push Americans into a government plan.
Most employers providing health insurance were already paying 10%, 20% or even higher percentage of their payrolls toward health insurance–and annual cost. Since Democrats had to pass it before they could read it, no one really knew (except the Obama Administration, apparently) that there would be grandfather clauses that would expire forcing tens of millions to have their insurance plans cancelled. However, that wouldn’t have really mattered in the long run since the “pay or play” system in the Obama’s original plan was actually modified to be lower than the six percent Obama proposed during the campaign. Shortly after ObamaCare’s passage, the CEO of a company told me that the company’s financial gurus had already calculated the savings that dumping employees onto the exchanges would mean to his the company. With several thousand employees, many of whom voted for Obama, the savings for his company would be in the millions. Calculating the amount of money companies will save by dumping their employees onto the government “exchanges” and paying the fines has likely already been done by hundreds of thousands of businesses across America.
It is no mistake, nor accident, that ObamaCare is causing Americans lose their insurance. It was designed to have employers push their employees onto a government plan. The fact that the Administration knew this as far back as 2010 is not at all surprising. The question is: Why are so many Americans shocked that they are now losing their insurance? That was the plan all along.
* By stating “all Americans” in the paragraph above, it should be noted that government officials will still be exempted from the law they enacted.
SOURCES—LABOR UNION REP[ORT DAIARY, RED STATE, WHASHINGTON POST

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