More Liberal Defectors From Obamacare: This Time, It’s Unions

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Organized labor leaders are the latest in a growing group of liberal special interests to take a pass on President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The president of a labor union representing the construction trade called on the repeal of Obamacare in its entirety last month. Now, bosses with the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) are fretting over how to integrate increased Obamacare insurance costs into its members’ health care plans.

UFCW president Joe Hansen recently wrote a guest column for The Hill, essentially accusing Obama of lying when, in 2009, he promised unions their employees would be able to keep their existing insurance under Obamacare.

“[T]he president’s statement to labor in 2009 is simply not true for millions of workers,” said Hansen. “You can’t have the same quality healthcare that you had before, despite what the president said.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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