Today, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of the (ha-ha) Affordable Care Act:
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.
Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive.
In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans. Contacted for this article, Obama administration officials said the issue is subject to regulations still being written.
“We are going back to the administration to say that this is not acceptable,” said Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters, which has 1.6 million members and dependents in health-care plans. Other unions involved in the push include the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Unite Here, which represents service and other workers.
Anything that makes the pinkie-ringed union thugs (™ Howie Carr) unhappy is okay by me. Just watch your kneecaps, Mr. President.
PS: Don’t you just love the fact that the ACA numbers over 2,400 pages—and they’re still writing regulations?
According to this guy, they’ll be writing for some time to come:
In the actual legislation itself, there are just over 2,400. But the legislation is incomplete with the accompanying regulations, most of which have yet to be published.
Paul Bedard, a journalist with U.S. News, reported in April 2011 that the first set of HHS regulations covered six pages of the actual legislation—but resulted in 429 pages of regulations.
I was curious to see what that would mean for the totality of the health care legislation if I applied a ratio of 71.5:1 to the Affordable Care Act.
More than 170,000 pages.
I’m sure the unions will get their taste somewhere in there.
PPS: The edition of the U.S. Constitution currently available on Amazon numbers 94 pages. For perspective’s sake.