Democrats, who plan to run against Republicans this year by focusing on income inequality, may have their work cut out for them after a normally friendly major union issued a report warning Obamacare will make income inequality worse.
The document, titled "The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse,"
has been posted online by Unite Here and is set to be sent to Capitol Hill, according to Ralston Reports
Unite Here, which calls itself "the first international union to endorse Barack Obama for President in 2008," says it supports the intent of the Affordable Care Act, but charges it will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, make the playing field in the market uneven, force employers convert more jobs to part time, and cause pay cuts.
"Ironically, the administration’s own signature healthcare victory poses one of the most immediate challenges to redressing inequality," the report says.
"Yes, the Affordable Care Act will help many more Americans gain some health insurance coverage, a significant step forward for equality. At the same time, without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage."
The union called it "ironic" that the White House has made efforts to accommodate businesses, churches, and congressional staff, yet is "now highlighting issues of economic inequality without acting to preserve health plans that have been achieving the goals of the ACA for decades."
"Without a smart fix, the ACA will heighten the inequality that the administration seeks to reduce … We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington," the document concludes.
Unite Here's website says it represents 265,000 workers across the United States and Canada in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries.
Frontpage Mag notes
that Unite Here's campaign is still "rooted in union unfairness," but its attacks echo Republican criticism of Obamacare.
Republicans plan to hammer Democrats on their support of the Affordable Care Act during this year's midterm elections. Republicans are seen as having a chance to not only increase their majority in the House of Representatives, but also gain control of the Senate.
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