April 25, 2013 – 

It’s huge that a staunch union supporter of President Obama since 2008 has launched an effort to rid the nation of his signature legislation. The union clearly has buyer’s remorse over ObamaCare.

Implying that ObamaCare is not a true “Affordable Care Act,” the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers insists on a “repeal or complete reform of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).”

The union and its president, Kinsey M. Robinson issued what they label as their “political action” statement.

“Our union and its members have supported President Obama and his administration for both of his terms in office,” acknowledged Mr. Robinson. “But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored.”

Mirroring opponents’ complaints

The unions’ objections mirror that of other ObamaCare opponents.

“In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it,” he added.

“These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans,” explained Mr. Robinson.

Employer-partnership success

The union president remembers the past.

“For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs,” he pointed out. “This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored.”

So he throws down the gauntlet:

“I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections. I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.

My sense is that he’s right. Roofers have among the most-dangerous jobs in America. The workers and their families deserve their true, affordable healthcare.

The remaining questions are: Will other unions do the right thing? Will ObamaCare supporters rescind this hugely detrimental law?

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“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

-Groucho Marx


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