White House To Give Unions Obamacare Subsidies


The worm has turned on the once-cozy relationship between organized labor and President Barack Obama.

Outraged at the President’s stoic silence in the face of labor unions’ pleas for massive changes to Obamacare (a plan they once ardently supported), union leaders have begun playing out the fight over the Affordable Care Act in the court of public opinion, launching verbal salvos against the Administration to any reporter who’ll listen.

The union complaints that Obamacare will gut their members’ so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans has made the AFL-CIO say things like “You made the problem; you fix it” and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers issue a statement calling for its “repeal or complete reform.”

So now, in a further piecemeal enforcement of the very law he strove so diligently to convince Congress to enact, the President appears to be throwing his old union buddies a bone.

On Monday came several reports that the White House will likely provide healthcare coverage subsidies to labor union members who already have health insurance plans through their employers — despite the fact that such subsidies are intended, as the law itself states, for those who lack any form of health insurance.

Forbes reports:

The issue at hand is the way Obamacare affects multi-employer health plans, also known as Taft-Hartley plans. These plans consist of employer-sponsored health insurance that is arranged between a labor union in a particular industry, such as restaurants, and small employers in that sector. Approximately 20 million workers in the United States are covered under such arrangements…

Workers with employer-sponsored coverage don’t qualify for subsidized coverage on Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. Those subsidies are designed for low-income people who aren’t offered coverage from their employers, and have to shop for insurance on their own. But the labor union leaders want those subsidies to also apply to their members with employer-sponsored coverage, even though they already get those benefits tax-free due to the employer tax exclusion for health insurance.

That amounts to special treatment. The subsidies written into the Affordable Care Act were intended to assist the poor, those who were never able to afford insurance prior to the panacea of Obamacare. For the Administration to retroactively apply an exemption for any group that isn’t singled out in the law itself — in this case, organized labor — is as naked a concession to the political players who matter to Obama as was the vile healthcare exemption the White House crafted to benefit Congress and Capitol Hill staff.

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Ben Bullard

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  • unbridled

    Obama don’t need no stinkin’ laws. He bes’ the f–kin’ law. He signed it….It’s his! I can’t wait until it comes down around his big floppy ears. Anyone that signs up for it is a FOOL!…

    • usaok59

      I will refuse to sign up for it no matter what the consequences!!

  • me

    The mtaxpayer will eat the cost of subsidies. between congressional aides and unions why are they so favored? The average american citizen will pay for the favors to some. Common congress, please defund the mess.

  • Don 2

    So now we have Crony Communism…..

  • Warrior

    Can’t take a vote on “defunding now”. The “busy people” conveniently have more “pressing” issues to take care of right now. See, “recess” isn’t ALL about play!

  • dan

    when is insurance not insurance…when EVERYBODY has it
    (especially all of the ‘little people’ …funny how the rich become arrogant)

  • HarleyKaren

    Subsidies for Unions? DISCRIMINATION against the majority of Americans…….

    • Vigilant

      More than that, I suggest. It appears to be a clear Constitutional violation. Since when can the Executive tweak laws passed by Congress merely to suit his political aspirations?

      • HarleyKaren

        Since when can the executive tweak laws?…….since Obama took office and thinks he’s an imperial King

  • FreedomFighter

    This article should be entitled “Obama buys votes for 2014 election with cash payouts to Unions thru the Train Wreck ObamaCare”
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • rick0857

    So now the AVERAGE citizen has to subsidize not only Congress who voted to enact this law (democrats) and the very labor unions who screamed bloody murder to have it passed.

    Screw them if it’s good enough for Joe Average non-union citizen then it is good enough for Congress, unionized scumbags, the President and all members of the executive branch and every single federal employe and judge as well.
    This thing is a complete abomination so why should anybody be exempt from it?

    Either every American MUST BE IN IT OR NO AMERICAN IS IN IT!!!!
    President Part-Time has screwed up from day one and between the dems and the press Baby Boy Barry has never had to be responsible for anything in his miserable life.

    Why this POS Chicken in Chief can’t just surrender and toss this thing is beyond me.

    If ObaMAO was or COULD BE A MAN about this mess he would admit he made a BIG MISTAKE AND START OVER FROM SCRATCH!!!!!

  • Jim Lhamon

    This is obscene

  • terri

    Big LAIR of president Obama! We can’t affordable expense prior Obamacare. I hope Obama will go to Syria when bombing kill him!!

  • Michael Shreve

    Union labor represents a MINORITY of the workforce,but has had their hand in the pockets of CONSUMERS and TAXPAYERS for FAR too long. Who sees THAT “changing”.

  • usaok59

    Can he just do that? Give them money to shut them up???!!! This can’t be.

  • Believer in GOD

    It doesn’t really matter anymore what Obama does as long as you have and keep your faith in GOD! He will perish in the lake of fire if GOD judges him that way and all of his followers will be judged along with him. I have faith in GOD and don’t waste my time on filthy money. We have all we need and no amount is worth selling out your faith to evil!