Danny Thompson, the head of the Nevada State AFL-CIO told the Sun in an interview this week that they were led to believe that Obamacare would not change their Taft-Hartley union health plans under Obamacare.
“We were told that if you liked the health insurance you had, then it
would be left alone,” he said. “Well, it hasn’t been left alone.”
By Andrew Doughman, Las Vegas Sun:
The Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a resolution slamming Obamacare today.
The union claims certain provisions of the law would destroy union
health plans, making the usual staunch allies of President Barack Obama
just the latest Las Vegas union to publicly condemn the health care law.
Unions had originally backed the law but have grown increasingly
skeptical of what union leaders like D Taylor, head of UNITE Here and
former head of Las Vegas’ Culinary Local 226, called the law’s “perverse incentives” that potentially could shutter union Taft-Hartley health plans and leave workers without good health insurance.
Union leaders are concerned with a provision of the law that call for
the provision of health insurance for people who work more than
30-hours per week, meaning workers’ hours could be cut so that employers
don’t have to provide health insurance.
“The unintended consequences of the ACA will lead to the destruction
of the 40 hour work week, higher taxes and force union members onto more
costly plans,” the resolution reads.
The Nevada State AFL-CIO passed its resolution just hours after U.S.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., addressed the union at its
annual convention at the Excalibur. (Continues at Las Vegas Sun)