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Union that supported passage of Obamacare now calls for its repeal

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By Doug Powers  •  April 17, 2013 11:49 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

A 22,000 member labor union that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and helped push for passage of the Affordable Care Act seems to be experiencing a wake up call:

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.

But… President Obama promised “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” Do they not believe him now?

From the union’s statement:

Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.
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I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.”

It’s not like they shouldn’t have seen it coming:

This stark realization might have something to do with the union’s sudden awakening:

Meanwhile, most roofing companies are small enough that they don’t have to comply with the law’s requirements. That puts firms that hire union roofers at a disadvantage in bidding against competitors that don’t.

Obviously the member in charge of pitfall spotting was on a mandatory coffee break at the time the law was being debated.

They should have insisted on reading the bill before supporting it. The section they’re looking for is on page… well, it’s in here somewhere:

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Given the disastrous effect Obama’s signature piece of legislation might have on their workers, do they regret endorsing him twice? Nope:

Mr. Robinson says the union has no second thoughts about that regardless of its concerns with the health law.

**Written by Doug Powers

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