It’s not every day that union bosses sound like policy experts at The Heritage Foundation.
But the beginning of the Obamacare letter from the heads of three major unions—the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and UNITE-HERE—to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is eerily similar to our experts’ writings.
The unions, of course, were heavy supporters of Obamacare, but even they can’t deny its effects now.
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act, you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them,” they wrote. “Sadly, that promise is under threat.”
This is from Human Events:
Unions denounce ObamaCare’s “hollow promises”
Labor unions continue falling out of love with ObamaCare. Today’s dash of heartbreak comes from no less than James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, in a dour letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats. (What, you couldn’t even cc: House Speaker John Boehner on this thing, Mr. Hoffa? He is Harry Reid’s opposite number in the House, not Pelosi. I guess the unions have a keen sense of which politicians they own.)
Hoffa’s letter is cosigned by the presidents of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and UNITE-HERE (which includes hotel and casino employees, and might therefore expect Nevada’s Harry Reid to pay attention when it clears its throat.) As with every single union complaint I’ve seen, this one kicks off with a pointed reminder of Barack Obama’s long-ago promise that we could all keep our health care plans if we liked them. Unions are generally quite fond of their health-care plans.