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The IRS Workers’ Union Also Wants Exemption from ObamaCare

The IRS Workers’ Union Also Wants Exemption from ObamaCare

First the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE expressed their belated disapproval of the ObamaCare Tax monstrosity, and now the IRS employee union wants to be exempted from Obamacare.  The Teamsters, et al., made points that we’ve been making since 2009, points they willfully ignored and openly scoffed at us for making:

When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. (full text of letter sent to Pelosi and Reid)

Yes, they are just now realizing that the “new normal” mandated by ObamaCare is a 30-hour work week, something that many of us warned would have massive economic and cultural repercussions, many of which would hurt the middle and lower-middle classes.  It’s not rocket science, but for some reason, these unions are only now thinking it through.  Ditto the fact that Obama was disingenuous, knowingly so, when he repeatedly told Americans that if we liked our insurance, we could keep our insurance.  Even a cursory reading of only the first four-hundred or so pages of the ACA (all that I managed to wade though) proved that to be false.  Frankly, common sense said that had to be a lie, just as common sense revealed the ridiculous fabrication that was Obama’s claim that ObamaCare would not raise the federal deficit by even “one dime”–a claim he later acknowledged was patently false.

On the one hand, I’m not unhappy that these unions are finally figuring out what we’ve been saying all along: ObamaCare will do far more harm than good, not only to our country’s health care system and economy but to the majority of Americans who are currently covered by either private or public plans.  It never really made sense to destroy a system that was satisfactory to the majority (253.4 million) to accommodate a mere fraction of that (10-30 million, depending on sources); well, it made sense if the goal was ultimately a national health service, but that’s another story.

And on the other hand, these are some of the same unions who, immediately upon the passage of the ACA and ever since, received a flurry of waivers from it.  So here they are again, seeking special exemptions from something that they admit they worked hard to push:

We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

They pushed it, they can live with the results just like the rest of us.  Congress should not be permitted to exempt itself and its staff on the same grounds: you think it’s great for everyone, then you need to enjoy the fabulousness along with the rest of us.

The latest union to resist ObamaCare is even more ironic. And outrageous.  Not only will the IRS, in whom and with good reason Americans now have very little trust and for whom many of us have even less respect, be the primary enforcers, but they will also have access to still more personal information, personal information with which they’ve demonstrated they cannot be trusted.  I find it particularly abhorrent that the same group who will be enforcing the ObamaCare Tax on the rest of us think they, themselves, should be exempted.

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Oh the irony of it all…

    ZooMaster in reply to GrumpyOne. | July 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Yes, and this ain’t the half of it. These unions all squawk- or not- depending on whose ox is getting gored. Take, for instance, the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers union). Can you possibly guess what you need in order to vote for delegates to the International union’s annual convention? An acceptable form of identification. And they do mean driver license, state issued id, etc. LOL!!!!!

A 30-hour work week? Hey – we’re just becoming more like France.

I want my “fair share” exemption, too.

I wonder what Chief Justice Roberts thinks about all of this now?

    Rick in reply to Rosalie. | July 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

    He thinks he’s lucky that he was able to keep his dirty little secret secret.

      Rosalie in reply to Rick. | July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Would you please elaborate. I don’t know what you mean.

        Rick in reply to Rosalie. | July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        I don’t know, because it is still a secret. In fact, I am simply speculating that the great federal snooping agencies found something about Roberts and used it in a way to get him to switch his vote, thereby allowing Obamacare to be ruled constitutional.

Always great to see teh “MORE equal” pigs self-identify.

Like “1984”, “Animal Farm” was never meant to be a “Good Government For Dummies”.

And yet…

Spiny Norman | July 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

Yes, they are just now realizing that the “new normal” mandated by ObamaCare is a 30-hour work week, something that many of us warned would have massive economic and cultural repercussions, many of which would hurt the middle and lower-middle classes.

Why do I suspect this is intentional, a “feature” and not a bug?

    Valerie in reply to Spiny Norman. | July 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Because it will reduce “unemployment” by changing the definition of full employment, perhaps?

      Archer in reply to Valerie. | July 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      It follows that this changes the definition of “under-employed,” too. If you work the previous standard of 40 hours per week, you are now considered “OVER-employed,” and therefore are “stealing” the work someone else could be doing.

One at a time, the revolutionaries eat eat their own, they always have; unions, educators, academics, professionals, the wealthy, the famous. Minorities? Well, they don’t have much to begin with but someone’s gotta keep things stirred up a while longer. Make another promise, give ’em a card of some sort and fifty bucks — keep ’em coming back.

Fools all.

(Okay, who’s got the clubs?)

I suspect that Obamacare was actually designed to fail, but, in failing, to move the country so far down the path to socialized healthcare, that the only alternative, once it fails, is to go the remaining distance.

Humphreys Executor | July 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

As we used to say when we were kids: “My heart bleeds purple peanut butter.”

Why shouldn’t we trust our betters in the Democrat Party? They only have our best interests at heart!

Oh, wait. After autocorrect, that should be:

Why should we trust the losers in the Democrat Party? They only have their own best interests at heart!

Henry Hawkins | July 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

I for one welcome our new bureaucratic overlords.

theduchessofkitty | July 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hey, IRS,

If we’re going to Obamacare Hell, you are going with us!

I’m surprised government unions weren’t already exempt from Obamacare.

Henry Hawkins | July 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

There is no such thing as one exemption. If one is granted, others will win legal battles to win their own exemption. One exemption is the beginning of the end for Obamacare.

Hey, I know! Time to rebrand Obamacare:

OBAMACAIR

Seriously, When did a union EVER want MORE WORK or MORE RESPONSIBILITY for it’s money-grubbing members ????? That goes against everything they stand for !

You broke it, you buy it…..

With respect, I disagree on one point. When he said that if we liked our insurance, we could keep our insurance, Obama wasn’t lying, per se. You can keep your insurance if you like it.

Just be prepared to pay an enormous tax penalty if some nameless, faceless bureaucrat decides it’s not “good enough.”

“It never really made sense to destroy a system that was satisfactory to the majority (253.4 million) . . . ”

What counts as “satisfactory?” My wife and I both have very good health insurance. As such we would probably be counted among the “satisfied.” But between the two of us we pay over $14,000 per year in insurance premiums, plus another $4,000 in deductible and copays. If you’re counting, that comes out to $18,000 per year, or $1,500 per month, equivalent to a job paying $8.65 per hour.

Because of how much we pay for insurance and health care, we have the “satisfaction” of not knowing if we’ll be able to afford food at the end of the month. We have the “satisfaction” of never going to a movie or eating out. Satisfactory indeed.

    allmenroder in reply to siguiriya. | July 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I’m sure you’re wife is very happy that you’ve managed to keep your internet access rather than, you know, having the satisfaction of taking her out by perhaps cancelling the service and using the monthly access fee for something else.

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