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.