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It may be sunny in Los Angeles, but dark clouds hang over union members at the final day of the AFL-CIO convention. Union leaders are so unhappy with Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that the convention is expected to vote on a resolution calling for changes to the law.
According to Bloomberg, the unions are worried that the health care law will endanger member health care benefits and argue that the “multi-employer plans should be eligible for tax subsidies.” The law currently only allows for low-income individuals who do not have employer-sponsored health care coverage, or who are not offered adequate coverage, to use subsidies to buy coverage in the new health insurance exchanges.
What’s more, The Hill reports that Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan wants the unions to make a bolder statement [h/t Jennifer Rubin]:
“I think it’s a very well-thought-out resolution. I don’t believe it goes far enough,” O’Sullivan said.
The LIUNA chief made waves in Los Angeles this week by saying that if the Obama administration cannot fix the law to answer labor’s concerns, it should be repealed.
“We are supportive of fixing parts of ObamaCare, and our primary objective is to change it. But if it can’t be changed, then it needs to be repealed,” O’Sullivan said.
Rep. Pelosi infamously said, “We have to pass the [health care] bill so you can find out what is in it.” As Obamacare continues to be implemented, labor unions join employers and workers in discovering that what’s in it is not workable health care reform.