It was about a year ago that President Obama told Americans they would be able to keep their health care plans. That promise has fallen to the wayside now -- except when it comes to Union members, who are protected.
According to the House Republican Education and Labor Committee, "While roughly 87 million Americans can expect to see changes to their health care coverage – including possible cost increases – unions can rest easy thanks to a carve-out for labor organizations, one of the Democrats’ favored special interests."
A committee release continues:
Buried in 121 pages of regulatory legalese, labor unions are mysteriously protected from onerous new federal mandates thanks to greater flexibility to have their plans “grandfathered” and exempted from the new requirements. Specifically, the regulations make clear that collectively bargained plans can switch insurance carriers without losing their “grandfathered” status. Yet non-union employers, including many small businesses, would be denied the freedom to shop around to provide their workers the same coverage at a lower cost from a different carrier. Instead, they would automatically lose their “grandfathered” status – which allows workers to keep what they have – simply because they changed insurers.