There has been considerable controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and it may be some time before the full scope of its impact is finally apparent.
The impact it is having on organized labor is now fact.
Donald Taylor, president of Unite Here, a union representing some 300,000 hospitality workers has estimated the ACA will cost his membership $2 to $5 per hour in increased health care costs. If they are all full time, that amounts to $1.248 billion to $3.12 billion.
While it is almost a given that most of these union members will qualify for government subsidies, it still remains that someone, likely you the taxpayer, will also have to dig into their pockets for there are no free lunches.
What is ironic is that Unite Here was one of the first unions to support President Barack Obama leading up to his 2008 presidential run.
- Thomas A. Pappas Jr., Portage