Union bosses “shocked” by Obamacare cost increases

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This morning, as this story unfolded, TheBlaze asked you to imagine the following scene:

A handful of union bosses crowd around an old card table, punching numbers into their calculators. They’ve been up all night. Someone puts on another pot of coffee and a few of the older bosses are starting to fall asleep. Those who are still alert and active scratch their heads and re-enter their calculations.

“Oh, my gosh!” one of them shouts, concluding the all-night exercise. “‘Obamacare’ is going to cost us!”

Yes, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, union leaders (i.e. the same people who campaigned tirelessly in favor of universal healthcare) are trying to figure out a way to avoid paying for the costs associated with “Obamacare.”

Yes, the union bosses who have so enthusiastically supported President Obama over the past five years are allegedly having a change of heart. Despite having backed the president’s health care overall, now that the law is rolling out it seems that some are turning sour.

“No, they’re not…no, they’re not. This is a ruse,” Glenn said.

Ruse or not, here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting:

Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.

Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.

To offset that, the nation’s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.

In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans.

“Here’s the point of the story: The point of the story is these labor unions that knew,” Glenn said candidly. “They helped design it [Obamacare].”

“They knew full well. Anybody knew. These guys are supposed to be in the business world. If you don’t run from your labor union at this point, if you actually believe that they didn’t know, you are beyond help,” Glenn added.

What this means is, all of the union members who have been paying dues to be protected and well insured are out of luck. They’re going to be dumped into the federal pool.

“Congratulations.  Teamsters, AFL‑CIO, you are the first to be dumped into universal healthcare,” Glenn said.

At this point, there isn’t that much that America can do to repeal the bill, however, there are still ways to stop it. Glenn mentioned the one thing that you can do is go to BlockExchanges.com.

“This is your last line of defense,” Glenn told listeners. “These exchanges have to be done by the states. The states have to put these exchanges in, and if they put these exchanges in, you’re done.  If they don’t, there’s a chance that it all falls apart.”

There are already 26 states that say they will not put these exchanges into effect.

“There are so many intended and unintended consequences from this Affordable Care Act, it’s unbelievable,” Pat said. “It is crushing capitalism, it is taking away choice, it is raising costs, it is driving medical device companies out of business.”

“If you are a member of the union, your unions were involved,” Glenn said. “Do not let them convince you that they didn’t know — everybody knew.”

“You have to get out of the labor union,” Glenn emphasized. “You have to destroy them before they destroy you.  And they will.  And they’re only going to get stronger because the economy is going to get worse.

  • Draxx

    How can people keep idolizing Workers Unions (which are not for workers but for the Leaders of the Union)?  How can they not see that they are crooked? For example the top dogs make over $120,000 a year off of union dues, and how come the Union Dues cannot support their healthcare programs to save current insurance plans?  And some places have it Mandatory to be a Union Member or you can’t work there!  We should always have the choice whether we want to join or not…  But, they are trying to kill All Choices that were previously available to Americans (and so far succeeding)!

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    It was only a matter of time before the unionists would find out they had been betrayed by the administration they supported. Obama has no more need for their aid or support now that he has won his second term.

    May we see the end of the Democratic party and the unions at the same time. God willing it will happen.

    • Anonymous

      Betrayed? You give them too much credit.
      They knew what they were doing.
      I think they’re hoping for a special government subsidy to offset increased costs.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The Affordable Care Act has always always been and always will be about control and power over as many people as possible in the nation by the Federal government. That is the bottom line of it, to establish unprecedented levels of control and power over each of us by law and by regulation, by fees and taxation and penalties.

    All who voted for Obama, elections have consequences, enjoy the nightmare you have brought upon your own heads.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMZ5ZO5PKP5JYKGLTVQSFR64LQ Larry

      It also follows Agenda 21 of the UN which is to control all the people.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UJUCZFN2JR76WFLDB6V3LCIJBI Melly

         I realize that people who blindly follow Glenn are stupid, but are people really so stupid, as to believe that there is an “Agenda 21″.  Serious question.

        • Anonymous

          Like hanging with the stupids, or looking for some enlightenment?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Jones/100004422129268 Jacob Jones

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        • Sargonarhes

           Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’,
          keep the page a scrollin’
          keep those comments goin’
          on internet news and forums
          to keep away the boredom
          makein’ people rage both far and wide.

          You sound like an angry union thug Melly now you know you’ve been sold out, just as we figured you would be. All you’ve got left now is to try and transfer your own stupidity on to others. It’s time to wake up now.

        • Sandie

          Serious answer: Yes Melly, there really is an Agenda 21 – it is a UN product. See the UN’s site pdf here:

          If that is to long for you, see this very brief explanation of it at the   DEMOCRATS  AGAINST  U. N.  AGENDA  21  website.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dianna.chaney.92 Dianna Chaney

             We are successfully fighting it here in OH.  Yes, there really is an Agenda 21.  Republicans, democrats, independents, libertarians -ALL are coming together to fight this very aggressive assault on property rights and other freedoms in America and the world.  America is getting pounded the hardest -but its being forced on every developed country in the world.  Civic leaders and politicians at state and local levels as well as federal are amazed when they understand the truth about what Agenda 21 really is.  It may be labeled as “sustainable development”, “regional planning”, etc.  But, don’t be deceived.  The rules are coming from the UN Agenda 21 program.  Google Rose Koire.  She’s a liberal who came upon Agenda 21 kind of by accident.  She spends her time now preaching and teaching anyone who will listen about this evil UN program. 

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

          The mention of it here is a bit out of place and random, perhaps, but yes, there really is an Agenda 21, and many US cities have adopted programs which are intended to further its implementation. No, I’m not going to do your research for you.

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Draxx – wait until Obama decides the unions must be federalized and bailed out ‘for the sake of the workers.’ Imagine the nightmare to come at that time.

    • landofaahs

      They deserve everything coming to them.

  • landofaahs

    Once the useful idiots have performed their function, they are then discarded like a strumpet on the street.

  • landofaahs

    Hi, I’m from the govt and I’m here to help you.  Did you union people really think that the LSOS in the White House would only lie to others and not you?  )))))))  Silly little goose, tricks are for democrat pols.  LOL 

  • http://youtu.be/xm1F7ub00gk Sam Fisher

    So in other words Union bosses and Obama is screwing the working class yet again. They called us crazy racist sexist homophobes and Nazis but yet we were right yet again. If the zombie liberals actually knew what Obama was actually doing to this country outside of their Obama box they would realize how much of what Obama is doing is destroying everything that made this country what it is and what made us better off than the rest of the world but they will never come out of the box it is scary in reality.

  • Anonymous

    Workers of the world unite?

  • Anonymous

    I am still laughing at the lack of real intelligence by SEIU leaders

    • SoThere

      Obama promised them they would be exempt.  He lied!

      • Anonymous

        As most of us were aware he lied from the very beginning. Can’t convince the very stupid in our country that the black guy is a con man; A man who conned his very own, along with the other geniuses that voted for him….including the unions.

        • SoThere

          Obama Cultists!

      • Anonymous

         I think this was just another set up, don’t think for a minute that “he” isn’t going to give them another “bailout”. (they are just stealing your money purposely)   I have said from the beginning that they won’t stop till they rape this country and everyone in it for every nickel, dime, and penny.  This is what they are doing soros did this to 2 other countries raped them then moved on and left them to live in the dirt and mud eating out of trash bins. Go ahead and laugh you will be one too when they are finished..laugh at me now you won’t be later, GUARANTEED!

  • Anonymous

      You wrongly assert “… there isn’t that much that America can do to repeal the bill”.  You’re wrong because the bill (now illegitimate law) was determined a TAX by the Supreme Court.

      This determination by the Supreme Court means that this TAX was not originated properly and was passed into law by incorrect procedure, and is therefore null and void from the moment of passage “forward”.

      Every wrong act of this administration must be called out until resolved.  Obamacare is dead.

    • SoThere

      Good luck with taking away benefits from the ignorant 46% who only take from society.

      Once established, Obamacare will be permanent.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

       Ire is correct.  Only Congress has the power to levy taxes.  This ill-conceived (or rather diabolical leftist plot) was passed as “healthcare” not as a tax.  When the Supreme Court ruled that it would stand because it is a tax, it is an illegitimate tax and was passed in an unconstitutional maneuver.  We must do all we can to repeal it, defund it by whatever means necessary.  If we are not proactive on these kinds of issues it will be to our great detriment.  It’s way past time we wake up and hold accountable those who are trying to destroy our beloved country from within – from the very top on down.  Elections have consequences.   We need to eject just about every incumbent in the House and Senate next election.

  • Anonymous

    I have been unemployed for several years now, my unemployment dried up a long time ago.  The little money I get is from supportive family members.  I have health insurance to cover me in case something catastrophic happens.  But because of Obama care, my monthly premium is going up 20% starting in February.

    Here I am, a person who is completely broke and has no reliable source of income, being forced to pay an addition 20% on my health insurance.  Yeah, that about says it right there.

  • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

    now that they’ve imposed this tyranny upon us, they can get to work exempting themselves

  • SoThere

    Unions are nothing but Political organizations now and they are getting what they pushed for.

    Many people (including myself) took the hours on hours required to read the massive tax and money grab and have been trying to make people understand what was about to happen to them.  The ignorant in this country wanted Obama and now they have what they deserve.


  • Anonymous

    Maybe one big reason why Obamacre was pushed through so quickly and forcefully was that it would be the biggest source of revenue for the government. It was probably designed that way. However, when it is fully implemented, it will be the most costly public service we know of. Just imagine the 47M welfare cases running to doctors or hospitals with the slightest sign of a cold! Not to mention abuse of the system by the scammers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3FQVQASDAV744UZDWBCTXAOZE Louann

    Ha Ha HA HA this is the funniest things I have heard in a long long time!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Of course Obamacare is a TAX. It was designed to bring in revenue to Washington and to punish all Americans. If you still want more health protection, you can always buy more private insurance, if you can afford it. I wonder how many of the benchwarmers in Washington must abide by Obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you are too kind, Garbage? I see it as crap…..pardon my language! This is what’s wrong with many in this country; They jump first and then wonder how they broke a leg?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

    This  is  what  happens  when dummies  who can;t  read  start  making  laws   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UJUCZFN2JR76WFLDB6V3LCIJBI Melly

    Crushing capitalism!  Those damn insurance companies!  Won’t someone think about the poor insurance companies?!  If the ACA goes through, they might not be able to deny coverage to people and charge way too much money for basic things!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

    I thought they were exempt through 2016 or something like that?

    Either way – told ya so!

  • Anonymous

    Medical device companies are responsible for so many of the scientific advances that have saved millions of lives.  Innovation can’t stop, but how can it go on?  The government will not have any money to subsidize it and if the Affordable Healthcare Act doesn’t have the resources for doctors to use the devices in patients, then the industry won’t be able to support itself.  What a sad state of affairs, especially considering the United States health care is and soon was the best and most innovative in the world.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait until BO”s uninformed voters find out the only ones that are going to benefit are the illegal immigrants, because they have no insurance now.  I still believe that there are ways to turn Obama Nocare back or reverse some of what’s been done and build on that.   Congress and the Senate could do this if they had the will. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVGQDAE4C4ELOLW3RAM2GDZIIE Charles

    What American President would do this to the American people….answer one not born here.

  • Anonymous

    “Union bosses ‘shocked’ by Obamacare cost increases”

    Like HELL they are.  They made their deals with the devil, they got their prizes after forking over the brothers’ and sisters’ dues monies, and they hung the brothers and sisters out to dry. I still remember Dave Forsyth, treasurer of AMC&BW Local 10 in New Haven CT visiting us on the picket lines in the spring of 1974 when we were striking A&P in western New England. After several previous, fruitless strikes the leadership advised us to vote against A&P’s contract offer and out we went. We were down to $20 a week strike benefits for the fulltimers and $10 a week for the parttimers, and halfway through our two-week strike Forsyth showed up at our store at  North Main St in Springfield MA. (Yes, I remember every detail. It infuriates me to this day.) He showed up to show us some union solidarity, and to show us the brand-new Olds Toronado he bought that week – with his cushy salary, paid for from our union dues, Being a college smartass, I pointed out the dichotomy between his unionist exhortations and his capitalist automobile that most of us would never be able to afford and he told me perhaps I should speak with the Grievance Committee. Legend had it that Harry Bennett and Dave Beck were the inspirations for the GC, so I declined. Two weeks later, broke and angry, the brethren were told to accept an offer worse than the one we had turned down earlier. Dave Forsyth kept the Toronado.

    I was treated better by the management than the union a year later, when the company closed dozens of stores throughout western Mass. The district supervisor, a man named Williamson, knew me by name even though I was only a union parttimer because I was a conscientious employee I guess…when the last store on the chopping block was closed I asked him if I still had a job, and he made one phone call from the store office and told me to pay a visit to the store in Westfield and to tell the manager he had sent me. (I’d worked briefly at that store two years earlier and had left a good impression, I guess.) I was told weeks later the union hadn’t lifted a finger to get my job for one of the fulltimers who were let go. I never saw a company run so badly that I miss so much.

    I assume all of the people I have mentioned 40 years later are dead and gone now. Otherwise I wouldn’t share this, for fear of embarrassing someone – even though to this day they should have been embarrassed, and ashamed of taking advantage of their union brothers and sisters – but that’s what happens to people when they find easy marks. Yeah, I remember every one of you bastards. I will never be part of a union again. I know better now. Thanks for the cheap lesson. I got out early.

  • Anonymous

    These unions are not very bright.Thats what happens to people like them is that they dig for gold thinking they’re going to find some and finds out theres none there and now they have to pay for digging the hole.What is it that Forrest Gump says,”Stupid is as stupid does.”I rest my case.

  • Sargonarhes

    I have never liked unions, and this is just one more reason for me to hate them and the idiots that blindly support them. The union leaders may not have been fooled but they lead their members blindly like a cow to the slaughter. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HSJULSAVFJIJYR6PCTCUPMNXRA Take 2

    Not all Frogs that give scorpions free rides are stupid but as they sink going down….oh well.    

  • Anonymous

    It’s been 4 years and I still get the feeling that people are waiting for someone else to step up possibly a “leader” to lead them out of this mess, to show and tell them what to do.
    It’s like….on your mark,….get ready….GO!

    Everyone is waiting for someone else to step up…

  • Guest

    “This is your last line of defense,” Glenn told listeners. “These exchanges have to be done by the states. The states have to put these exchanges in, and if they put these exchanges in, you’re done.  If they don’t, there’s a chance that it all falls apart.”

    Glenn Beck makes a living off his ignorance. If the states don’t set these up, the federal government will. That’s the law.

    Why does Beck want to see people without health care insurance die? Oh, right; because he’s a “Christian.”  Riiiiight; and I’m Santa Clause.

    • Guest

      Vicky says, “Glenn Beck makes a living off his ignorance. If the states don’t set these up, the federal government will. That’s the law”. Vicky he knows that the fed has to set up the exchanges if the states don’t. You obviously don’t understand what he is saying, oh ignorant one.. Too bad you can’t make a living off your ignorance, because if you could you would be a billionaire.

      Vicky says “Why
      does Beck want to see people without health care insurance die?” He doesn’t you propaganda peddling moron.

      Vicky says “…and I’m Santa Clause.” … no, delusional one, you are a moronic obsessed Beck hater, liberal reactionary, a$$hole troll.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R3RXPTFPX4TYVBYHHYXN4IAS7U Lorraine

    You made your bed, now lie in it.

  • Alan Carlile

    I can’t figure why the unions are crying. The employers of these union members are the ones paying the cost of the employees plan. It is part of the benefit package that the employers pay to have a union shop. The union don’t and will never have anything vested interest in those companies. They have no skin in the game. They are just like the government and take from the employer. They have no money in these companies but dictate to these companies and when the employer folds it is the poor union members. What about the poor people who invested in them as the owners and used their own money to try to make a living. 

  • James Shelton

    I guess they will will have to pay union dues and obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    The American people were like ostriches with their heads
    in the sand while all of this was going on.  And to think
    the Democrats who voted for this plan without reading it
    should all be voted out of office.   It is my understanding
    that no Republican voted for this.  I’m an Independent and
    I knew when this passed that we were in for big trouble.
    Too, too many people believed all of the guff from the
    Democrats.  Now all those people with their heads in the
    sand will have to suffer like the rest of us.  Toodledo.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.greenp238 Eddie Green

    All I can say is horsehockey, if anyone think the “bosses” didn’t know. It’s plain the bosses will receive huge bonuses from obama for funneling their union members into the “single payor system” Obama is hell bent on instituting in America. Union decisions are rarely about the protection and benifit of the members, but about weilding the power the hundreds of millions in union dues afford them.

  • Seerightthere!

    Screw the Unions, you rat bastards helped force this crap on the rest of us, I hope you all suffer with your mental disease waiting for care forever.

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