As the effects of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Health Care reform overhaul begin to take shape in the new year, the recently reelected Democrat is reportedly losing support from one of his key constituencies on the issue. After originally supporting the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, many workers groups and unions now want out--or at least keep the parts of the law that are beneficial for them .
Dean Clancy of The Washington Times writes that groups like the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters are demanding that they be allowed to stay on their current health care plans and receive government subsidies to cover the increased costs that some of ObamaCare’s provisions will impose on lower-income workers. Between June 2011 and January 2012 labor unions representing over 543,000 workers were already granted waivers from the Obama administration to the health care law, according to The Daily Caller. Compare this to the just shy of 70,000 private employees to receive waivers in the same timespan.
On ‘Wilkow!’ Monday, Richard Dreyfuss of the Manhattan Institute joined the show to discuss the longterm costs of ObamaCare and the way unions have approached retirement packages despite changing economic times.