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New Ad Highlights Union Distress Over ObamaCare

August 23, 2013

Six figure radio ad buy uses words of union icon Jimmy Hoffa

Arlington, VA – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost free market grassroots advocate, announced the launch of a six-figure radio ad buy in four states: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. The ad highlights serious concerns expressed by union leaders like James Hoffa and Joseph Hansen about the negative impact ObamaCare will have on union members.

“Union leaders and members are right to speak out against ObamaCare, a law that is already having a negative impact on Americans’ paychecks and health care choices,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “Union concerns about the severe unintended consequences of the ACA are real and deserve to be included in the debate.  We want all Americans to be educated and informed about how ObamaCare will impact them and their families.”

Click here to listen to the radio ad, “Help Now.”

This ad launch is the latest in AFP’s Risk Factors campaign, which focuses on using the words and stories of real people who have serious concerns about the negative impact of ObamaCare, to educate others. A similar message was highlighted earlier this month in a Washington Post newspaper ad, you can view it here.

BACKGROUND:

“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)

The Unions Noted That ObamaCare Creates Incentives To Keep Employees Below 30 Hours A Week, Meaning Less Pay. “First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.” (James P. Hoffa – International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen – UFCW, D. Taylor – UNITE-HERE, ” Letter To Leader Reid And Leader Pelosi ,” 7/12/13)

ObamaCare Will Make Union Plans “More Costly To Run Than Traditional Single-Employer Health Plans.” “The union plans were already more costly to run than traditional single-employer health plans. The Affordable Care Act has added to that cost – for the unions’ and other plans – by requiring health plans to cover dependents up to age 26, eliminate annual or lifetime coverage limits and extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.” (Sam Hananel, “Some Unions Now Angry About Health Care Overhaul,” The Associated Press, 5/24/13)

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