As we’ve reported, unions have recently become very critical of Obamacare. In July James Hoffa, head of the Teamsters in a letter even said,
“Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
The bet in July was that the “fix” for labor would be in by now. But to our surprise it’s not. Now even the AFL-CIO members are complaining and there is an effort to issue a resolution from their convention in Los Angeles sharply criticizing the law. The Obama administration is concerned, and in classic political machine fashion is twisting arms behind the scenes. Valerie Jarrett herself is there doing the twisting.
(From The Hill)
Talk of the White House lobbying on the resolution has ruffled some in labor. Several union leaders have pushed for the measure to be debated openly here in Los Angeles. Schaitberger said he understands the White House has let Democratic lawmakers point out ObamaCare’s flaws with constituents, and he believes labor has that same right.“If it’s good enough for Congress to point out shortcomings, it certainly ought to be good enough for the labor movement to do it without some fear of retribution,” Schaitberger said.