Leftist Union Thugs Who Once Wholeheartedly Endorsed ObamaCare Now Call It ‘Highly Disruptive’

AFL-CIO Calls ObamaCare ‘Highly Disruptive’ To Union Health Plans – Fox News

The AFL-CIO approved a resolution saying that President Obama’s health care overhaul will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them.

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In a strongly worded resolution released Wednesday, the federation said that labor unions still support the Affordable Care Act’s overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, but added that the law is being implemented in a way that is “highly disruptive” to union health care plans.

Some individual unions have complained about the law’s impact for months, but the resolution marks the first time the nation’s largest labor federation has gone on record embracing that view. Unions were among the most enthusiastic backers of the law when it passed in 2010.

A labor official told The Associated Press that White House officials had been calling labor leaders for days to urge them not to voice their concerns in the form of a resolution. The official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the conversations publicly and requested anonymity, said many union leaders insisted that they wanted to highlight their concerns.

Asked about any efforts to discourage unions from passing the resolution, the White House said in a statement Wednesday night that officials “are in regular contact with a variety of stakeholders, including unions, as part of our efforts to ensure smooth implementation and to improve the law.”

The AFL-CIO, one of the president’s major boosters, approved the resolution just as the administration began rolling out a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to encourage Americans to sign up for health care exchanges starting Oct. 1.

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, said the intent of the resolution is to “point out the criticisms without being overly caustic.”

“There have to be some changes made in the area that are giving a number of our unions great concern,” said Schaitberger, who chaired the committee that hammered out the resolution’s language.

The resolution was approved at the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles. It claims the new law will increase costs for health plans that are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers in the construction, retail and transportation industries. That could encourage employers to hire fewer union workers or abandon the health plans altogether and force union members to seek lower quality coverage on the new health exchanges.

Union officials are seeking rule changes that would make their low-income workers eligible for the same types of federal subsidies they could get in the exchanges. They have also suggested rules that would treat their multi-employer plans as qualified exchange plans under the new law.

But the Congressional Research Service issued a memo earlier this year finding that neither change is allowed through rulemaking. The AFL-CIO resolution calls for the law to be amended by Congress if new rules cannot satisfy their concerns.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka held meetings at the White House last month in which he and other union leaders pressed the administration to make changes. Trumka has said he is encouraged that the White House is listening, but that no firm proposals have been made.

In a statement issued earlier Wednesday, the White House said there is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that changes the law for union plans. The statement said the White House would continue to work with unions and other stakeholders on ways to ensure smooth implementation of the law.

The AFL-CIO resolution was toned down from a draft originally offered by Sean McGarvey, head of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department. The early draft said the AFL-CIO could no longer support the health care law and called for its repeal unless changes were made to protect union multi-employer plans.

Republican critics of the health care law have seized on the union complaints to fuel their push to repeal the law. At the same time, GOP leaders have warned the White House against carving out any special deal for unions.

“We will do whatever is within our power to ensure that the administration does not once again provide a special exemption to unions at the expense of American taxpayers,” Michigan Rep. Dave Camp and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote in a letter this week to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Camp is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Hatch is top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

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CNN Poll: Support For Obamacare Drops Below 40% – The Foundry

A new poll released today from CNN shows public support for Obamacare plummeting below 40 percent, a significant drop that comes as Congress considers defunding the unfair, unworkable and unaffordable health-care law.

In January 51% said they favored all or most of the provisions in the new law. Now that figure is down to 39%.

Support has dropped in virtually all demographic categories, but it has fallen the farthest among two core Democratic groups – women and Americans who make less than $50,000.

The poll was conducted last week by ORC International. CNN’s Paul Steinhauser noted some of the factors that might have caused the change in public opinion.

The poll’s release comes after a major push the past six weeks by conservative groups to try and defund the health care law. There has also been a huge disparity over the past couple of years in ad spending over the issue, with groups opposed to Obamacare greatly outspending those in favor of the measure. The new poll suggests the negative advertising may be taking a toll. The forces opposed to the health care law have also been much more active on social media than those supportive of the law. And the one year delay in the implementation of the employer mandate, another key component of the law, which was well publicized earlier this year, may have also contributed to the loss of support.

Heritage is among the groups working to convince Americans that now is the time to defund Obamacare. After a nine-city Heritage Action tour in August, Heritage unveiled a Times Square billboard with a clear warning: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.

Unless Congress defunds Obamacare by the end of September, the government takeover of health care will begin implementation on October 1.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers delayed consideration of a controversial defunding measure until next week. Some members appeared emboldened by recent developments:

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said this is a fight conservatives are ready to have, despite the political stakes for the GOP being seen as forcing a fight over shutting down the government.

“I think that’s a risk you have to take,” he said, “Any path forward, there’s a political downside to it. We didn’t come here to get re-elected and have safe political careers. We came here to get things done.”

Kingston chairs the appropriations subcommittee with oversight over the Department of Health and Human Services, but he said he would vote against the GOP leadership proposal if it comes to the House floor. “I think that what our base wants is us to go ahead and have the fight over ‘Obamacare,’ right here, right now,” he said.

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“You Can Keep Your Insurance If You Like It” Alert: Obamacare Costs Thousands In Tennessee Their Heath Insurance – Weasel Zippers

Thanks Barry!

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Union Thugs Demolish Black Man’s Iconic Lansing, Michigan Hot Dog Cart, Yell Nigger, Uncle Tom

Union Thugs Demolish Clint Tarver’s Iconic Lansing, Michigan Hot Dog Cart [Photo-Donation Link] Update: Thugs Yelled “N*gger Uncle Tom” Update 2: Revenge For Americans For Prosperity Catering Gig (?) Update 3: A Romney Supporter, All We Need To Know – Ironic Surrealism

I support Clint:

Early today[December 11, 2012], Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol.

Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him.

Beyond the Cart: The Story of Clint Tarver:

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Regardless of your position on current legislation, rebuilding Clint’s Hot Dogs is something we can all support. Please give what you can to get this deserving businessman back out there!

If you would like to help Clint get back on his feet ==> DONATE HERE

Update: Racist, violent, destructive monsters.

Nick Hawatmeh
@NicolaHawatmeh

@NolanFinleyDN Min after union thugs tore down tent, assaulted several ppl. & yelling N*gger & Uncle Tom at man below pic.twitter.com/1ycXkE5g

Update 2: The plot thickens!

The woman (Lorilea Susanne) who set up the fundraising page for Clint has spoken to his wife. Apparently Clint was hired to provide catering for the Americans For Prosperity tent which was also destroyed by union thugs.

*UPDATE* 11:40am – I have spoken with Linda Lee, Clint’s wife. She says he is absolutely overwhelmed with our support, even more so than by the events of yesterday. I would like to clarify the events, however. Clint hired as a caterer for the AFP tent which was torn down. He was much more concerned about the others, and particularly helped to get the women out of the tent. It was when he returned to gather his equipment that the taunts and racial slurs began. He says the working people did not respect the working man. He was not there to be political; he was just there to serve. This is the Clint we know and love. Please, let’s respect him and leave our political opinions out of this. This is about our support for Clint.

Emphasis hers.

Update 3:

Slate:

Romney’s Saturday started off well. He was the star of the Ingham County Lincoln Day breakfast, an eggs-and-coffee-and-county-commissioner-placards affair in the dining room of a Lansing, Mich., country club.

Before he spoke, Republicans heard “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by the Old School Fellas, a zoot-suited amateur doo-wop group. “Mitt’s a good, Christian man like I am,” explained Clinton Tarver, wearing the reddest of the zoot suits.

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* Michigan Democrat’s House Floor ‘Right To Work’ Threat “There Will Be Blood” [Audio]
* No Wonder Only 7% Of Detroit, Michigan 8th Graders Are Proficient Readers -Misspelled Protest Sign [Pic]
* Michigan: Mob Of Knife Wielding Obama Emboldened Union Thugs Destroy Occupied AFP Tent [Video]

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Wisconsin Occutards And Union Thugs Not Finished Throwing Hissy Fit (Video)

Occupy Upset With Recall Loss, Clash With Police, Take It Out On CNN – Citizen Journalist

Occupy and other members of the far left are not taking the loss well in Wisconsin.

Members of Occupy and/or the SDS, AFSCME, AFT, Progressive Democrats of America, Welfare Warriors, Voces de la Frontera, Liberty Tree Foundation and the Party for Socialism and Liberation met in Pere Marquette park in downtown Milwaukee. The massive protest, which numbered about 50 people, gave speeches and had a “solidarity sing”.

Some tired to be positive, insisting they hadn’t actually lost anything. Others, not so much. Via the MacIver Institute, watch for CNN to take the hit for all their angst:

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According to Media Trackers, the group of protesters then started a march past City Hall, spilling into the street, blocking traffic and periodically clashing with Milwaukee Police. Four protesters were arrested when they purposely marched toward police on horseback. One arrest came from a protester poking an officer with a sign. They insulted police, calling them “pigs” among other things, and used profanity at police throughout the march. Media Trackers noted the march and clashes appeared highly orchestrated and organized despite the explanation of leaders that this was a “leaderless movement.”

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I know this guy

Well I have never met him, but, I have met a few guys like him. They are loud, abrasive, short-tempered, and almost always are all talk. Guys like this usually get their way, until they get in the face of the wrong person. Then they end up crying like a little girl with a broken nose, and missing some teeth. So, as you watch this asshat, just smile, because trust me, he will do this tough guy act to the wrong man one day.

 

*VIDEO* New Death Threats Against Republicans Uncovered Daily

*VIDEOS* When Union Thugs Attack!

Union Thugs Crash Boston Tea Party Rally, Assault Republican Congressional Candidate – Big Government

Former GOP Congressional Candidate Marty Lamb knocked to the ground by hit-and-run union thug.

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The following videos were originally posted on Da Tech Guy‘s website.

Marty Lamb after the attack.

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Talk radio host Michael Graham attempts to reason with the union cretins.

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This immigrant from the former Soviet Union understands the oppressive nature of unions as well as anyone.

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Union crazy confronts Republican State Rep. Rick Bastein with Nazi salute.

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Rep. Bastein trying to speak as leftist insults him.

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Anti-war nutbag joins in the fun.

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Responsible Tea Party activists clean up after thoughtless union parasites.

Obama Administration Is Behind Chaos In Wisconsin; Students Used As Props

Obama Administration Is Behind Chaos In Wisconsin; Students Used As Props – Gateway Pundit

Stunner. Barack Obama’s Organizing for America website is helping to organize the “day of rage” protests in Wisconsin.

What a complete shock.

Ben Smith at The Politico reported:

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm – the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.

OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan. And while Obama may have his difference with teachers unions, OfA’s engagement with the fight — and Obama’s own clear stance against Walker — mean that he’s remaining loyal to key Democratic Party allies at what is, for them, a very dangerous moment.

The OFA Wisconsin twitter feed bragged about how they used students as props at their protests today.

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Boehner Wants Obama’s ‘Organizing For America’ Out Of Wisconsin – Politico

House Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized President Obama on Thursday for “unleashing” Organizing for America in Wisconsin to pressure Gov. Scott Walker to abandon anti-union legislation.

“I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth,” Boehner said in a statement. “I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics.”

Citing news reports Boehner said OfA is spreading “disinformation and confusion in Wisconsin,” prompting thousands of public employees to picket.

Boehner said GOP governors like Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and New Jersey’s Chris Christie, each of whom have defied Obama on his infrastructure agenda, are “daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges” the country faces.

“Rather than shouting down those in office who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the president and his advisors should lead,” Boehner said. “Until they do, they are not focusing on jobs, and they are not listening to the American people who put them in power.”

In an interview with a Wisconsin radio station on Wednesday, Obama said that by making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, Walker’s plan “generally seems like more of an assault on unions.”

Quoting Obama himself, Boehner said that “this is not the way you begin an ‘adult conversation’ in America about solutions to the fiscal challenges that are destroying jobs in our country.”

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