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Want Cheap Healthcare – Be Poor or Join a Union

Anyone paying attention to the mess that is the Obamacare legislation knows that as the reality of Obamacare inches ever closer, its destructive power becomes increasingly evident. Well that reality has dawned on yet another private sector Union. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has officially declared its disenchantment with the Obamacare legislation by announcing that it has ended its long association with the AFL-CIO. The split comes for many reasons according to the ILWU President, preeminently among those reasons is the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamacare. ILWU President Robert McEllrath said that, “We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along.”

unions on obamacareThe AFL-CIO has for years supported the Democrat Party and did so once again in 2010 when it supported President Obama and the Democrat push for socialized healthcare. Many analysts on the right noticed that for most Union members, the Obamacare legislation would mean lesser care at a more expensive cost, and yet most of America’s unions officially supported the legislation.

In the years since the passage of the legislation, more and more unions have come to the realization that Obamacare is not a better alternative for their members. Even worse for the unions is that their members are realizing what has happened. Their union leaders placed their support for the Democrat Party over their allegiance to the Union members. Even AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka has awakened to what he should have realized years ago — the Democrat Party only cares about unions so long as unions can deliver them money and votes.

Back in July, three of the nations largest unions joined together to write a letter repudiating the Obamacare law. In their letter they said that Obamacare would “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe… Perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios. First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.”

Sadly, it appears that none of these union leaders were listening to any conservatives who said these same things before the law was passed. If they had, we all may have avoided the disaster that is Obamacare.

The White House and the Democrat Party are worried about losing the support (and money) of the leftist union leaders. To that end, they have begun working on a scheme to keep these powerful and wealthy unions in the Democrat fold. So how will the poor, unfortunate Democrats salvage their collapsing Obamacare coalition? Why with bribery, of course!

The White House is planning on offering insurance subsidies — that under the Obamacare law were only intended for the uninsured — to labor union members who already have employer-sponsored coverage. These subsidies were supposed to be for low income Americans without healthcare coverage, but if this happens, wealthy union members with great tax-free coverage will also be eligible for the subsidies. However, if you’re not a union member don’t expect access to the subsidy… that’s right, union members will get special treatment from their government sugar daddies.

So, if you want cheap healthcare, you’ll have two options: Be poor or join a union.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He’s also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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