Unions Want Taxpayer Bailout From Obamacare


Labor unions, who were very active in pushing Obamacare, are now upset that the law is set to cost them big. So, of course, they want the taxpayers to bail them out:

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.

This would be humorous if not for the fact that this law will result in big health insurance/health care cost increases for all Americans.

Exacerbating what was already a bad situation is no laughing matter.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • whowon

    Obama administration officials said the issue is subject to regulations still being written. Really, how big is this sucker? Write the rules as we go…

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    I think the unions should be subsidizing the rest of us for our extra expenses.

    • Dee

      Problem is that while you are right that the unions got subsidized – what you should be saying is UNION LEADERSHIP got subsidized. I pay my health care costs and it just jumped from $50 a month to $250 dollars a month for singles and from $100 a month to Nearly a $1000. a month for a couple. Benifits for the membership have dwindled for years – its the union leaders – like Hoffa that are making out like bandits. Yes – those covered by unions do have good salaries to go with their jobs – – as I told my kids – you can chose to work for some one who has a union or chose to work for some one who isn’t. IT isn’t the panacea for everyone you think it is. Whether you agree with the union retoric or not they take your money and do thing you don’t agree with and they don’t really care what their members think. Not a union lover here – small town here – we wanted a job we could at least pay our bills with.

  • Random Passerby

    I thought unions collected dues to pay for the unions activities on the members behalf…has that changed? Should the dues paying union members not enjoy the fruits of the unions labors on the behalf of them?

    • The Reader

      Look at spread sheeting once on the locals. ROTFLMAO- ‘political’ expenditures is the top line. OMG crack me up some more. Should conservative and Republican union workers have to support a party they can’t stand?

      • Random Passerby

        Unless they opt out of it (or know they can opt out of it)….that is precisely what happens.
        Still the question was not addressed: Should tall he union members not enjoy the results of all that hard work on their behalf to get ObamaCare crafted passed?

        • The Reader

          Yes they should enjoy the high prices they will be forced to pay.

    • leh

      They do….if you are high enough in the union…

  • sbark

    Another bailout……….the got the 1 trillion porkulus just 3 yrs ago……..the vast majority of that money went to keep unions afloat……
    and the left complains about corportions…….
    The big mega unions have some 34 billion in reserves…..tax free, and 75% of it will end up going to elect Left wing politicians

  • Onslaught1066

    I understand that Laborers in Union States get crap loads more money than serfs toiling in Right to Work States.

    Should they not be able, willing, eager even, to part with some of that loot to make Dumb-O look good?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Dat’s munny wee mades wit r hard workz an’ unionz! How yu ask 2 takez r munny’z an’ gives it 2 doz rednekx lives in uder statez?

      I drivez forx trux fer GM fur 20-sum yearz now, how else hi skool drop-outz makes $100k+??

      U muz be’z racisss!!

      • Onslaught1066

        My Porsche is red, my collar is white and I drink Blue Nun.

        Suck on that Union guy.

        • two_amber_lamps


  • The Reader

    Communism costs a lot-and yet the commie unions will blindly support anything a democrat wants. Boo hoo for them.

  • $8194357

    Its way past time to put marxist political correctness aside and Pray and Seek the Truth.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Christensen/100000005327315 Paul Christensen

    Years ago when I was in pharmacy school two associates were advocating a national health plan. By the way they were both from California, figures. I told them then of the impending costs, which they denied. I wonder how they feel now that the system is causing them to go broke.

    • two_amber_lamps

      One of my lefty friends was lamenting this fact…


      Seems the “universal” billing of this POS bill turned out to be not so universal, and there are more holes in this bill than a skeet-shot beer can.

      I’d call it most likely typical of “social engineering” experiments… the law of unintended consequences strikes again.

      With 2k+ pages of legislation they STILL couldn’t get this crap sandwich right.

      Chalk it up to another “DC Steamer.”

  • Robert Van Istendal

    Screw the unions, We the people did not want health care, the unions did so let them pay for it.
    How dare them or the Goverment even think of us paying for them, We will be hurt enough trying to cover our selves.

  • Robert Van Istendal

    The more we find out the more we see that this Obama care was a very bad idea.
    You think Medicare and Social security cost a lot, just wait till the final cost for this is in especially with them getting ready to soon add 2 million or more illegal immigrants to it.
    Oh ya, for sure we will be paying for them to.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Well said Rob! And don’t forget the additional cost of government employees that is forever, if this law continues. I’m praying for the supreme court to declare it unconstitutional on religous grounds. I believe they may do so after seeing that we are to stupid to elect those who would recind the law.

  • Dean

    They screwed themselves along with the rest of us. Time to pay the piper!

  • Randolph Rivers

    Fu&@ the unions. All unions suck and so does obama.

  • IzzysGma

    The unions forgot that youneed to be careful what you ask (and advocate) for. Looks as if this one will come back to bite them in the butt. And there better not be any special favors granted!

  • silvernotes

    BAIL OUT???? NO WAY. These clowns help to push this healthcare mess on us…I hope it puts them ALL out of business.

  • perfectlyaged

    Well, well, well….the light bulbs are beginning to light up real bright to those Americans who LOVE Obama. Why should we Americans who have had their insurance premiums raised (mine three times) pay ANYTHING on your insurance? When I call my Insurance Company and ask why…the stock answer is that it is necessary to meet the mandate of Obamacare! Thanks Obama lovers!!!!!

  • Christopher Paul Condon

    Unions are greedy and selfish. They want all sorts of extravagant spending on their half from government, but they insist that the wealthy should pick up the tab and support them in idle luxury. In addition, they have a long history of wrecking their industries as a result of their class-warfare attitude. Fortunately, unions are in decline. Good riddance!

  • Mikki

    Unions have ruined the country.

    • $8194357

      They sure had a Cloward/Piven cannon fodder hand in it.

  • gfsomsel

    Charge unions double.

  • KJUU

    Unions need to man up and stop being such weenies. Geesh.

  • tony_o2

    Why don’t the higher paid union members subsidize their own lower paid union members? Aren’t unions supposed to be a group of people that are in it to help each other out??

  • weldguy1981

    It is probably those whiney worthless idiots from American Crystal Sugar and Bobcat. Bunch of losers. Union sucks.