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Lack of Bedfellows

November 1, 2013

Though this is not surprising, given the progression of the union leader opinions on PPACA.  But Reason Mag confirms that a normal partner of progressive policy is sitting this one out for now.

Although the Obama administration has made enrollment cheerleaders out of the Baltimore Ravens, Organizing for America, and the now-disgraced Chad Henderson, many major unions who were allies of the president are now treating Obamacare-advocacy like a hot potato.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which has over 11 million members and is the largest federation of unions in the country, is displeased about the false promises of Obamacare and refuses to promote enrollment on the government’s behalf. It’s not just private sector unions, though. Politico explains:

Check out the Politico article, and the details.  It’s mostly what you’ve heard, but nicely packaged.

What seems to be happening to me is that the union leaders are unhappy that the law put in place did not accommodate them.  Well, it doesn’t appear to accommodate pretty much anyone else, either.  In this case, though, it’s driven a wedge between two pretty powerful groups on the left side of the aisle.  I don’t expect that this will change any outcomes, since the law is going to have to be tweaked anyway, but that won’t happen until almost everything falls apart.

But the inherent problem in this is that people do actually need to sign up to make this law anywhere near workable.  If enrollment numbers don’t start to climb, it’s likely that the law will collapse earlier.  While many would cheer this, it would likely result in a more hasty change that impacts people more.  So not having support of the normal players does not bode well for the future of any of us.

Not that this will surprise any of us who weren’t that thrilled with the direction in the first place.

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