Friday, July 19, 2013
Union Push Back on Obamacare
Germany has had a successful universal health care system since it was put in place under Bismarck. That is well over a century ago and the system survived the catastrophe of two world wars including one in which outright internal devastation was inflicted on the capital stock.
During the interim, special interests have used propaganda and bribes to prevent a similar system been installed in the USA while not serving a third of the population and gaming the other two thirds to pay the most anywhere.
The attempt to convert the current horror into a universal system is now instructing the customers of the reality of the regime. Push back from the corporations was expected but they can got to (Canada, China, Germany – pick one). Getting serious pushback from the unions who have to make the proposed regime work tells us it is a disaster and needs serious revision.
As an aside, China has evolved a successful three - tier system that generally keeps everyone pretty honest and actually encourages active self-help. It is presently co-pay which should likely be limited to some degree as ours is effectively in Canada. That could now be readily rolled out anytime.
Regardless, everyone else in the world can generally figure something out except the USA.
Giant Unions Turn on the Prez: Obamacare Will Shatter Backbone of Middle Class
By Nick Sorrentino on July 17, 2013
James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Donald Taylor, the president of Unite-Here, penned a letter to the president explaining to him that Obamacare is set to destroy the unionized middle class.
That is really what they said.
Boy times have changed. Guess maybe we actually should have read the legislation before we passed it huh?
If the Teamsters are coming out against Obamacare along with many other unions, and employers are coming out against Obamacare, and religious organizations which provide healthcare to the poor are coming out against Obamacare, and doctors from Alaska to Florida are leaving the profession because of Obamacare, and even the Congresspeople who voted for Obamcare are coming out against Obamacare, maybe it’s time we got rid of Obamcare.
It is a disaster, an anvil tied to the job market, or as Demcratic Senator Baucus referred to it in the Spring, an economic “train wreck.”
I don’t want a train wreck. Our economy is already pretty wrecked. We’re still trying to put the pieces together from 2008 for crying out loud. Obamacare is not what we need.
The unions are not set to completely abandon the president however, not that we would expect them to. They want special crony carve outs for their members which is really just par for the Obamacare course.
But for the big unions to use these terms publicly gives you an idea just how bad an idea Obamcare is. That they would hand such language to their opponents is remarkable. Think about how bad they must think things are going to get for the Teamsters to say that Obamacare will break “the backbone of the middle class.”
That should put the fear of you know who into anyone.
Hopefully it will put some into the President, Valarie Jarret, and Kathleen Sebelius, but I doubt it.
(From Wall St. Cheat Sheet)
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act, you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat,” letter said. “Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class.”