Union That Backed Obamacare Now Wants It Repealed

A 22,000-member union that was once a strong supporter for Obamacare, and which endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012, now wants Obamacare repealed:

A labor union representing roofers is reversing course and calling for repeal of the federal health law, citing concerns the law will raise its cost for insuring members.

Organized labor was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but more recently has voiced concerns that the law could lead members to lose their existing health plans. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is believed to be the first union to initially support the law and later call for its repeal.

From the union’s statement:

Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. 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.

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.”

So why the change of heart? This probably has something to do with it:

Meanwhile, most roofing companies are small enough that they don’t have to comply with the law’s requirements. That puts firms that hire union roofers at a disadvantage in bidding against competitors that don’t.

Obamacare inflates the cost of doing business. It was legislation sold as making health care and health insurance more affordable and easier to get when, in reality, it will make those things more expensive and harder to get while hurting our economy.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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