- Elton John blasts Russia’s anti-gay laws during Moscow concert
- U.N.: Afghanistan slow to enforce law protecting women
- Heart cancels SeaWorld concert after ‘Blackfish’ documentary
- South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower American flag for Nelson Mandela
- South Africans hold day of prayer for Nelson Mandela
- Mandela not on life support in final hours, friend says
- Ukraine protesters topple, decapitate Lenin statue in Kiev
- Kim Jong-un’s uncle removed from North Korean state documentary
- Thailand crisis deepens as opposition quits Parliament
- Campbell Soup apologizes for SpaghettiOs’ Pearl Harbor tweet
Top unions push for Obamacare ‘fix’
The nation's top labor organization passed a resolution on Wednesday backing President Obama's new health care law but demanding changes in how it treats union members' multi-employer health insurance plans.
The AFL-CIO also reiterated the labor movement's desire to eventually see a government-run single-payer system.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has resisted the type of fiery rhetoric that other labor leaders have hurled at the Affordable Care Act of late. The Teamsters and others say their early support for the law has not paid dividends.
Instead, Mr. Trumka continues to meet with White House officials in a bid to gain subsidies for members who are covered by so-called Taft-Hartley health plans.
Mr. Trumka said "big insurance companies" will benefit from taxpayer support on the new state-level exchanges, where those without employer-based insurance can shop for plans this October and beyond, often with the help of government subsidies.
He said union members and their collectively bargained health care plans should benefit from the same type of premium support, but critics say they are looking for a sweetheart deal on top of generous employer-provided insurance.
The resolution passed at the group's convention "points out the key facts that must be addressed by the administration and if needed, by Congress," said Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department.
Union leaders pitched their resolution as a way to "fix" the law and prevent "unintended consequences" of the reforms.
Mr. Trumka and other union leaders are scheduled to sit down with Mr. Obama and other White House on Friday, according to the New York Times.
Republican lawmakers gleefully have noted that labor leaders who supported Obamacare in its infancy and typically boost Democrats like Mr. Obama are now turning against his signature health overhaul.
Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, filed a bill this week that would prohibit the administration of granting any kind of special exemption for unions.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Obama admin.: One in 10 Obamacare forms might have errors
- Obama administration knew of key Obamacare delay in August, emails say
- House Speaker John Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
- Young millennials shun Obamacare, creating risky imbalance
- Almost 1.5 million deemed eligible for Medicaid in October alone: Obama administration
Latest Blog Entries
- Calif.: Give 'gift of health' by pledging cash for the uninsured
- Tensions hit boiling point over Obamacare enrollment figures, error rates
- Young, uninsured adults vital to Obamacare are not keen on enrolling: New Harvard poll
- Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox will promote Obamacare at Mall of America
- HealthCare.gov employs a new look once again
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- FENNO: Mike Shanahan's empty words no salve to free-falling Redskins
- Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court needs to re-examine Fourth Amendment
- Ezekiel Emanuel: If you want to pay more for your doctor, you can under Obamacare
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Film Reviews and Articles by Kevin Williams
"Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you're thinking in order to make your thinking better." - Dr. Richard Paul
Go beyond tourism's "top 10" bus tour destinations with Susan McKee as she explores the varied history, culture, food, and gardens, of the world.
Let it snow
White House pets gone wild!