This is ironic since labor unions have been among President Barack Obama’s biggest supporters, often unquestionably supporting his policy proposals. However, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, which has 22,000 members, is now pushing for repeal of ObamaCare, the administration signature domestic law:
A labor union representing roofers is reversing course and calling for repeal of the federal health law, citing concerns the law will raise its cost for insuring members.
Organized labor was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but more recently has voiced concerns that the law could lead members to lose their existing health plans. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is believed to be the first union to initially support the law and later call for its repeal.
Like many unions, the roofers insure members through a so-called multiemployer health insurance plan that’s jointly managed by employers and the union. Mr. Robinson says the union’s concerns about the law began to pile up in recent months after speaking with employers.
The roofers’ union’s current insurance plan caps lifetime medical bill payouts at $2 million for active members and $50,000 for retirees. Next year, the plan has to remove those caps in order to comply with the health law. Other aspects of the retiree plan must become more generous in order to meet the law’s minimum essential coverage requirements next year. All that will increase the cost of insuring members, Mr. Robinson said, and has prompted the union to weigh eliminating the retiree plan.
Increased costs has been a reason that many employers are dropping coverage, preferring to pay a fine instead, or reducing hours to avoid the mandates of the law. And then you have the increased rates that are coming down on those who are insured.
But remember, President Obama said that his law would contain costs and that you’d be able to keep your insurance if you liked it. Based on all the news about the law, does anyone still believe him?