AFP Sponsors Message From Union Bosses
Full page newspaper ad in Washington Post quotes union leadership
Arlington, VA – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for economic freedom, printed a full page ad in the Washington Post highlighting quotes from over a half dozen major unions leaders urging reforms and expressing serious concerns and questions about the negative impact of ObamaCare.
“Even the most ardent early supporters of ObamaCare are now beginning to wake up to the impact of the law; more government regulation, less choice and higher premiums for health care,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “The unions, along with most Americans, want to keep costs low and keep the doctors and plans they already have, but ObamaCare will make that impossible for millions.”
Yesterday, AFP launched a major new TV ad featuring a family doctor expressing concern about the impact of ObamaCare on her patients and practice.
“Three Major U.S. Unions … Have Sent A Scathing Open Letter To Democratic Leaders” That ObamaCare Will “Destroy The Foundation Of The 40 Hour Work Week That Is The Backbone Of The Middle Class.” “The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will ‘destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.’” (Tom Gara, “Union Letter: ObamaCare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health And Wellbeing’ Of Workers,” The Wall Street Journal , 7/12/13)
Some Unions Are Calling For Repeal Or A Complete Overhaul Of ObamaCare. “Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling ‘for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.’” (Kevin Brogadus, “Unions Break Ranks On ObamaCare,” The Hill’s Health Watch, 5/21/13)
ObamaCare Taxes Will Make Union Health Plans “Unsustainable.” (James P. Hoffa – International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen – UFCW, D. Taylor – UNITE-HERE, ” Letter To Leader Reid And Leader Pelosi ,” 7/12/13)
UFCW Head Joseph Hansen: ObamaCare “Creates Unstoppable Incentives For Employers To Reduce Weekly Hours For Workers … Where Many Will Pay Higher Costs For Poorer Insurance.” (Joseph T. Hansen, Op-Ed, “Treat Nonprofit Health Care Fairly,” The Hill, 5/20/13)
Laborers International Union of America President Terry O’Sullivan: “Approximately 3 million laborers, retirees, and their families now face the very real prospect of losing their health benefits. This, I must remind you, was something that you promised would not happen.”(Kris Maher, “Union Fears ‘Destructive Consequences’ from ObamaCare,” The Wall Street Blog, 7/19/13)
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers: ObamaCare “Is Threatening The Multiemployer Health Plan Coverage Of 26 Million Americans.” (“The Affordable Care Act-Repair And Reform,” IBEW, Accessed 7/11/13)
The Director Of Health Care Initiatives For The Operating Engineers Union: “We’re Concerned That Employers Will Be Increasingly Tempted To Drop Coverage …” (Sam Hananel, “Some Unions Now Angry About Health Care Overhaul,” The Associated Press, 5/24/13)