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Next time read the fine print: Big Labor’s angst over Obamacare

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Here’s the opening from my Washington Examiner column today:

Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, begged President Obama in an op-ed last week to save his union from the ravages of the Affordable Care Act. Or, as it is more commonly known, Obamacare.

The problem is the law will make his members’ health care unaffordable. This is only the latest example of Big Labor’s Obamacare angst. Union leaders are finding out that the law many of them championed undermines their own members’ plans.

“[A]s currently interpreted, the ACA would block these plans from the law’s benefits (such as the subsidy for lower-income individuals and families) while subjecting them to the law’s penalties (like the $63 per insured person to subsidize Big Insurance),” Hansen wrote in the Hill.

Hansen’s plea came one month after the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers called for the plan’s full repeal. It warned the law would result in “unstoppable incentives” for managers to give their members fewer hours and poorer-quality insurance.

Read the whole thing here.

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