Union Report Criticizes ObamaCare

By:  Raven Clabough
03/11/2014
       
Union Report Criticizes ObamaCare

Though labor unions have been some of President Obama's biggest advocates, a recent report from a major union reveals trouble in paradise. According to the report, Obama's prized healthcare law will further worsen income inequality.

The report makes sure to defend the overall intent of ObamaCare, but cannot ignore the fact that it will increase the wealth for insurance companies while simultaneously hurting workers.

"The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un- and under-insured a step in the right direction. Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet," the report begins, reiterating a concern that has been voiced by Republicans since the healthcare law was passed.

Entitled "The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse," the report, put out by United Here — a hospitality industry union — observes that the law helps transfer billions of dollars to health insurance companies, makes the playing field in the health market more uneven, and may force employers to cut employee hours or decrease employee pay.

According to the report, it is "ironic" that the administration has openly discussed income inequality while also supporting a healthcare system that increases income disparity.

"Having already made efforts to accommodate businesses, churches and congressional staff, it is ironic that the administration is now highlighting issues of economic inequality without acting to preserve health plans that have been achieving the goals of the ACA for decades," the report concludes. "Without a smart fix, the ACA will heighten the inequality that the Administration seeks to reduce.... We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington."

The report warns, "If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage.’’

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