Union Head Calls Out Obama On False Obamacare Promises: Other Unions Drop Support, Want Repeal
By Susan Duclos
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The exact wording by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) president Joe Hansen, is “the president’s [Obama] statement to labor in 2009 is simply not true for millions of workers,” in a recently published op-ed for The Hill.
The statement he refers to was made by Obama at the AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh on Sept. 15, 2009:
“If you already have health insurance through your job — and because many of you are members of unions, you do — nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change your coverage or your doctor. Let me repeat: Nothing in this plan will require you to change your coverage or your doctor.”
He describes the problems facing the union workers in keeping their present insurance plans and the reasons many won’t be able to and concludes:
We’d be open to a legislative fix, but ultimately this is the administration’s responsibility. They are leading the regulatory process. It’s their signature law.
We don’t want a handout. Our members want to keep the healthcare they currently have. Let me repeat — our members want to keep the healthcare they currently have. We just want them to be treated fairly.