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-- reaction after president Obama's health care Los suffers major backlash from some of its once staunchest supporters.
Three of the nation's top unions are now slamming the health care -- Very surprising development -- you've got the Teamsters president James -- who applauded the law when it was passed back in march of 2010 here's what he set.
It was critical that congress passes bill to help get our economy moving again higher health care costs are burdening.
Our employers so that was the thinking that but how about the change of tune that we've seen in this letter.
That was written on his -- and two other union leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry -- it.
Now he's saying this.
We can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and well -- of the members.
Along with millions of other hardworking Americans.
Joined now by Peter summer who served as the chair of the national National Labor Relations Board.
Under president George W.
Bush Peter welcome good to have you here that'd be a lot of folks are surprised by this letter.
But use say that -- year not so surprised.
No not at all you know added that the unions are -- are haunted now by their prior support of Obama care.
But they're really saying with Republicans said before there's no reason to rush through with this bill.
There are provisions in the bill which are ill conceived which have consequences.
You're ignoring those consequences in those consequences.
-- one gonna make Obama care not affordable and number two it's going to deprive employees of the insurance which.
The president said employees could keep.
You know I think that this is an argument that was going on since the very beginning on this one of the things they're really.
You know unhappy about is that so many people will be pushed to part time work because then the employers won't have to cover them.
Why would this come as a surprise to the -- this development.
Well you know it shouldn't have because one of the unintended cons I shouldn't say unintended because I think these consequences were obvious but they weren't being looked at.
It's the employer mandate.
What obamacare does is requires employers to carry what's called affordable health -- the problem with that is that it is not that affordable because it involves a number of federal government mandates.
Now this applies to employers who have fifty or more employees essentially.
That work thirty hours or more a week so what employers are saying this is going to be expensive coverage we really can't afford it.
So they're cutting down their number of employees and they're cutting down employees.
From thirty hours a week to less -- that for example there was one entertainment company Regal Entertainment.
Which is not too long ago -- that -- reduced their non salaried employees below thirty hours they own 500 theaters.
There was a report done by kinsey and thousand yeah.
-- England we see -- for the -- but you can see.
We know why this is so problematic for -- employees but -- you know you do wonder what the unions were thinking on -- and now the unions are putting.
Really pretty heavy handed pressure in this letter they're saying you better fix this.
And you better fix it soon because remember were the folks that support you when it comes election time.
Well you know -- that they that the president needed to have the employer mandate because by having the employer mandate.
It reduced participation what are called the exchanges in the exchanges are expensive because they provide subsidies.
That's why they was a push for the employer mandate but a lot's been said about the filibuster to taking away the right.
All of this obamacare really is a result of one party having a filibuster proof majority.
They didn't think through what they were doing.
You know it almost feels like what the unions ultimately wanted and what the president has said that he thinks is a more perfect system.
As a single Payer system.
And you wonder sort of where we go from here and do you see further roadblocks for this do you see a future where they say you know what we need to rework this whole -- -- I do I do definitely the plan has to be reduced personally you know I'm a Republican.
I think the plan should be repealed I think we should go back to the table I think a variety of different incentives should be built in to make health care.
And and and that has not been done take for example the individual mandate.
And that the requirement that you and I carry your children on your apologies -- the age of 26.
Are also the individual mandate has a penalty of -- I think it's 800 dollars a year.
Which is less than if you carried the insurance since the obamacare also provides.
That if you you can't be denied coverage if you have a pre existing condition.
There's no reason why young people who are quite bright simply pay the penalty and -- they get the disease.
They'll get the insurance these are the kinds of consequences it's what -- fought through.
Yeah and it seems like common sense that looking back at it now Peter thank you very much good to speak you're very welcome but the.
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