Tuesday, September 03, 2013

About that Union label...

Back in the Spring, we noted that "some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the [ObamaTax]."

Unexpected. Heh.

Fast forward a few months, and we learn that this anger and frustration has brought forth this result:

"[T]he 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation's largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen cited Obamacare" as one of the two primary rationales (the other being immigration "reform" which, perhaps not coincidentally, will heavily impact the train-wreck, as well).

Never say die, though, exclaims HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious, and out come the big guns:

"[A]ccording to a report from InsideHealthPolicy, the Obama administration is considering offering insurance subsidies—intended for the uninsured—to labor union members who already have employer-sponsored coverage."

As the indispensable Avik Roy points out, folks covered under their employer's group plan aren't eligible for subsidies (although I would add that, technically, no one in states with Federally-run Exchanges are, either, but that hasn't stopped Ms Kathleen from handing them out willy-nilly).

The upshot is that funds that were earmarked for those previously unemployed will now be diverted to the more favored constituency (union members). Seems fair, no?

And it what is certainly "coincidental," grocery behemoth Krogers is following the UPS route [ed: very funny] and cutting off health bennies to its employees' spouses. But remember, "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

Or not.
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