Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Our own Paul Secunda was on NPR's Marketplace yesterday in a story about labor complaints with Obamacare. Washington & Lee's Tim Jost comments as well. An excerpt:
From high-wage construction workers to low-wage restaurant workers, 20 million employees get their health insurance through something known as Taft-Hartley plans. That’s where unions and employers get together and pay in for coverage.
Marquette University Law Professor Paul Secunda says Obamacare makes those plans really expensive for companies. “It might make more sense for employers to stop offering the Taft-Hartley plans, instead allow their employees to go on the state healthcare exchanges,” he says.
Secunda says not only would that mean workers end up with less generous coverage, it threatens the basic value of the unions.
“One of the thing that employees look to unions for -- the ability to get all sorts of employee benefits, but maybe most importantly health insurance benefits -- will no longer be something the unions can no longer offer in this environment,” he says.
Check out the entire story.