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On Thursday three of the country's largest labor union sent a letter to top congressional Democrats outlining their increasing concerns over how Obama -- will affect.
Health benefits for middle class Americans and even -- concept of a forty hour work week.
Joining us out of hot -- further is over Floyd senior fellow -- Manhattan institute thank you so much for joining us today and I want to start with this question a lot of people say that you know the unions are sort of changing their tune that they really back this law.
Aren't changing their tune did they know this was coming what do you make of it.
Well they're definitely changing their tune but they also knew that this was coming so they basically were involved in writing this law they were in the White House every other week.
Talking with the administration talking with congress so they knew this was coming.
And you know I was wondering about this when I wrote my piece reports about the so -- why when they knew that this was coming and why are they getting so upset now.
And a lot of union members wrote into me and end they gave me an idea that I hadn't considered before which is that.
What's happening now is that a lot of rank and file members in these unions are getting their hours cut they're losing their benefits they're losing their jobs and -- are upset and they're saying union leaders.
You you asked just a lot of for the slot now my hours are getting cut what happened.
Yeah and why it is there a reason that there reaching out specifically to democratic leaders in congress and the senate and house instead of the White House directly.
Well that's the interesting point that you -- chance so they did reach out to the White House they were hoping.
Like battled waivers for favorites thing from a couple years ago they were hoping at the White House would create some exceptions for them -- there workers there members would be exempted from some of these rules.
But the White House refused to do that because in this case exempting the labor unions from these rules would cost hundreds of billions of dollars in tax subsidies.
So because the White House -- now they're going to congress to Pelosi and Reid to try to get some changes there.
OK so what happens in this relationship now I mean obviously then -- nations of the -- on how it plays out and they are still being debated there you know still fighting about -- on the hill.
And where we go from it and -- so there may be some room my guess that he needs to get the attention of of legislators still on the hill working on -- And the regulations as they roll up those kind of things but what happens -- this relationship because.
As we all know and as you mention unions were key and backing this legislation.
There are also key in getting those democratic leaders elected to congress and the president -- the White House.
You know if they'd only get what they want with the health care law it's not like they're gonna start backing conservatives.
Yeah I think -- -- the relationship between slavery is endemic but for Democratic Party is so deep.
Decades long generations long it's it's -- it's not gonna necessarily disrupt that but I think what you will see what you may see.
Is a lot of rank and file union members that's the former Reagan Democrats as you well as as you as well.
They're the ones who are gonna say you know what the labor union leaders betrayed me I'm the one is getting hurt by this and they might they might vote for somebody else.
Is there anything left that these leaders could do four of the union says there as their -- out very publicly.
For some changes.
Yeah it's very it's very difficult to envision the one thing that you might see them support is a repeal of the employer mandate.
The provision in obamacare that requires.
Firms with more than fifty employees to offer health coverage a lot of their workers because that's.
Part of what's creating a lot of these disruptions -- they sign on to that kind of an effort maybe that's something more Republicans and Democrats can agree.
But there's no way Republicans are -- agree to give union special treatment so that.
Their members can get both employer sponsored coverage and tax credits that are designed for the uninsured that would never happen.
So a lot of what they're asking for basically is unrealistic to ask congress to do which is why they went to the White House first.
Right though that royal blinded insights on why the unions don't like obamacare now thank you very much good to see today.
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