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Friday, August 9, 2013

Why unions are turning on Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act continues to generate controversy. There are obviously many paths to the same destination. Today's post was shared by Steven Greenhouse and comes from tv.msnbc.com
President Barack Obama speaks at the AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island in Cincinnati Sept. 7, 2009. Some labor unions that initially backed Obama's health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the plan that could hurt their members. (Photo by David Kohl/AP)
 (Photo by David Kohl/AP)

President Barack Obama speaks at the AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island in Cincinnati Sept. 7, 2009. Some labor unions that initially backed Obama’s health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the plan that could hurt their members.

“Repeal and replace” is the Grand Old Party’s oft-repeated mantra regarding Obamacare, which House Republicans voted to repeal for the 40th time on Friday. But in April, an organization in the president’s base echoed the refrain.

On April 24, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers released a statement demanding “repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.” While no other union has yet called for an outright repeal of the health care law, a growing number of them argue that serious reform is needed.

“We continue to stand behind real health care reform, but the law as it stands will hurt millions of Americans including the members of our respective unions,” wrote the presidents of three major labor unions in a July letter to Congressional Democratic leadership. The subsequent three and a half weeks have not assuaged their fears.

“There are members of Congress who have met with us who have been somewhat responsive and concerned about the situation,” said a spokesperson for the hospitality union UNITE HERE, whose president signed the letter. “But...

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