The Roofer’s Union calls for the Repeal of Obamacare

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 20th, 2013

Week in Review

Be careful what you ask for.  For you may get it.  And realize you don’t want it after all (see Roofer Union Calls for Repeal of Obama Health Law by Janet Adamy posted 4/16/2013 on The Wall Street Journal).

A labor union representing roofers is reversing course and calling for repeal of the federal health law, citing concerns the law will raise its cost for insuring members.

Organized labor was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but more recently has voiced concerns that the law could lead members to lose their existing health plans. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is believed to be the first union to initially support the law and later call for its repeal.

The reason why people want to join unions is for those pay and benefit packages.  And those benefits include some of the finest health insurance plans a worker will ever see.  And now Obamacare could put an end to that.  The unions didn’t see this coming.

The ultimate goal of Obamacare is to put America on the path to national health care.  The Holy Grail to those on the Left.  But not necessarily to the unions.  On the one hand who wouldn’t like offloading expensive health insurance?  But on the other hand if everyone had national health care the unions would become less attractive to join.  And do they want to do that when a union stronghold like Michigan passes right-to-work legislation?  Probably not.

The unions liked being the privileged few.  They had no problem having with the wealth gap between them and the non-union workforce.  Yes, they liked organizing some of them.  To pull them up to their privileged status.  But they never dreamed that their president and their party, the Democrats, would pass legislation pulling them down to their level.

This was not supposed to happen.  Now one union is calling for the repeal of Obamacare.  Will other unions join them?  Time will tell.  One thing for sure, though, this is the last thing President Obama needed during his second term.  Could the singular achievement of his presidency fracture his base?  Perhaps even losing the Senate in 2014?  Perhaps Obamacare WILL return the Senate to Republican control.  So they can do what the unions want.  What only one so far has stated publicly.  The repeal of Obamacare.

Perhaps we’re seeing the reemergence of the Reagan Democrats.

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