Unions, Obamacare, and the Goal of Single Payer

Morgan Brittany
Posted: Jul 21, 2013 12:01 AM

I’m not buying it.  The big news that came out last week about the labor unions unhappy with Obamacare just doesn’t strike true.  On July 12, James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the Food and Commercial Workers, and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE wrote a harsh letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  The letter stated that unless Mr. Obama enacts an “equitable fix”, the Affordable Care Act “will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week.”

Ok, let’s just back up a minute.  Aren’t these the same people who were the driving force in getting Obamacare passed?  Didn’t they spend large sums of money on the congressional campaigns to elect Democrats in 2006 and 2008?  Didn’t these same union leaders furiously lobby in favor of health care reform in 2009 and 2010?  And, correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t they even have a hand in “writing” this train wreck of a law?

In the words of William Shakespeare; “Me thinks they doth protest too much”.  This whole thing is a set-up, a protest to convince people of something that we already know; that Obamacare, as it stands right now, will never work.  Look at the Democrats who were so adamant that it pass now backpedaling and calling it a disaster.  Now the unions are piling on saying that it has to have major changes or the Democrats will pay the consequences at the ballot box.

With the delay of the employer mandate until January of 2015, and possibly the same delay for individuals, you can read between the lines that the plan is to collapse this particular law. Obama knows that this law is unpopular with the American people, he can see the polls and he has his eye on the 2014 elections.

I can see what is coming down the pike. After much deliberation and hand-wringing, it will be decided that this version of Obamacare just won’t work.  They will admit that parts of it are good, (like the pre-existing conditions clause) but the red tape with the exchanges, the confusion over which states have opted-in or out, the penalties on young individuals who most likely will pay the fine instead of the high premiums they don’t need, will all lead to chaos and frustration among the American people and they will throw up their hands in disgust.

So where does that level of chaos lead?  It leads us to what Obama has wanted all along; universal health care with a single payer system.  Since 2006 he has been hammering home the idea that ultimately the United States needs to go to a European-like system of health care and he has not wavered from that belief.  In his speech to the AFL-CIO, he laid out his plan and admitted that it would take time to get there.  He even acknowledged that there would need to be “transitions” along the way, but eventually it would happen.

Obama will continue to “hook” people on the idea of government health care.  They will get a taste of the “goodies” like no pre-existing conditions qualifications, and keeping your children on your policy until they are 26.  Once people are used to getting these “goodies”, they won’t want to give them up, so some form of compromise will have to be made…thus, single payer.  He will make a big push to explain that “single payer” will solve all the problems because it will simplify everything.

I would love to see the White House logs since Obama’s re-election just to see how many times the unions have had meetings there.  I’m sure a strategy was planned behind closed doors and now the unions are onboard to derail this law and push for single payer.  Why else would they do this 180?  It defies logic.  They knew that employers would hire less people or bring them down to part-time status. They knew that this would “shatter their member’s health care benefits”.  They knew this all along. How could they NOT know?  The opponents of Obamacare have screamed those facts from the very beginning.  The feigned surprise and outrage of these labor unions to the issues that have been shouted from the hilltops since this whole debacle began is mind-boggling.

So we shall see if ultimately we all are railroaded into universal health care where the government will make all of your decisions for you.  “You can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance”…yeah, right.

Morgan Brittany