This comment caught my eye today:
Kinsey Robinson, president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, said in April that their concerns “have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored,” and that “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 is referring to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. You know, the one that led Nancy Pelosi to utter this famous quote:
But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
Is anyone really surprised that a bill north of 2000 pages in length that likely wasn’t really read by anyone has resulted in some unintended consequences?
The real problem here isn’t that unions are being treated unfairly. It is that they are being treated fairly, meaning the same as everyone else. The issue with that is a substantial decrease in what unions can bring to the table:
What a lot of people may not realize is that for much of our history, labor unions opposed universal coverage. “Unions…derive some advantage of good will, power, or profit from serving as a financial intermediary in health care,” writes Paul Starr in his Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the American health-care system, The Social Transformation of American Medicine.
If unions’ role in negotiating health coverage is taken over by the government, unions lose a big chunk of their utility. “Employers and unions had both tried to use medical care to strengthen their hand in the battle for workers’ allegiances,” Starr continues.
Unions were among President Obama’s biggest supporters. They were instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. It they failed to think the who thing through and foresee the consequences then they have nobody to blame but themselves.