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Krauthammer’s Take: Obamacare Leaves Unions In State of ‘Desperation And Disappointment’

Charles Krauthammer argued today on Special Report that unions are beginning to realize the enormous burden the Affordable Care Act will place on employers and workers.

Referring to a recent letter in the Wall Street Journal written by the presidents of three major unions, Krauthammer explained that the unions played a major role in supporting Obamacare, but have now begun to turn against it. In the letter, the union leaders wrote that the healthcare reform will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our workers.”

Krauthammer explained that the unions “were swindled, but it isn’t as if they weren’t warned.” In particular, Krauthammer pointed to the employer mandate, which requires all firms that hire more than 50 full-time workers to provide employees with health insurance.

The unintended consequence of this provision is that many small businesses will delay hiring a 50th worker in order to avoid the mandate. In addition, many other workers will be demoted from full-time to part-time so that employers can avoid providing health insurance.

A few weeks ago, the White House delayed implementation of the employer mandate until 2015, but union leaders argued that many grave problems with Obamacare remain.

“This is a disaster for the unions,” concluded Krauthammer, “and that’s why you have this letter of desperation and disappointment.”

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