By Dr. Larry Kawa Special For USDR
If Democrats want to win in 2014 and 2016, they had better think twice before turning their backs on labor unions.
In 2008 and 2012 labor unions came out in droves to support now President Barack Obama even over labor stalwart Hillary Clinton. Labor unions have shown tremendous loyalty to the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.
So why have the democrats turned their back on labor unions?
The answer is simple: Obamacare.
Obamacare has become the sacred cow for Democrats. No one is allowed to speak up against it. No one is allowed to illustrate it’s shortcomings.
Like all laws revered as sacred cows, they end up nothing more than golden calves or false hopes. Obamacare will end up being the false hope of this administration and the Democratic Party.
Already labor unions are starting to grumble about the shortcomings of this Holden Caulfield law.
Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, unions have seen their health care costs rise by 5 to 12.5 percent. Unions were even targeted for health care increases through the multi-employer plan clause, which penalizes unions that run health plans for multiple groups.
Even worse, President Obama has implemented a 40 percent “sleeper tax” that takes effect in 2018. This tax specifically targets people whom the President thinks have too much health insurance. Projections for what the administration has labelled a “Cadillac tax”, range in excess of $100 billion in federal tax revenue.
In the end, labor unions will should a huge chuck of that tax. In Philadelphia, this sleeper tax is estimated to cost the mass transit union workers $15 million. The sad thing is that workers will be expected to pay President Obama’s lavish sleeper tax.
Since unions have the right to vote over their contracts, many of them include no health care increases clauses, a stage has been created for an inevitable showdown between the labor unions and the Democratic Party/President Obama.
Don’t think that’s going to happen?
Earlier this year, the flight attendants of Alaska Airlines rejected their labor contract which didn’t protect them from Obamacare healthcare premium increases. Unionized casino employees even threatened to struck earlier this month because of Obamacare and rising health costs.
While Obamacare will raise the cost of healthcare for almost everyone, unions are getting the short end of the stick. Rising deductibles, rising premiums, and rising co-pays are all the symptoms of Obamacare.
Many union leaders thought that Obamacare was going to drive costs down. President Obama promised to change healthcare as they knew it. And he did.
Healthcare has never been more expensive than under Barack Obama.