Despite all the spin President Obama is providing about the benefits of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) during his recent speech on the economy, the law remains extremely unpopular with the American public.
A recent Fox News poll found 53 percent wanted to have ObamaCare repealed and 40 percent wanted to keep the law.
In addition to public and conservative opposition to the law, there are growing complaints from Democrats.
First, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) called the law he wrote, “a train wreck.” Most important, the usually loyal union base is also voicing concerns about ObamaCare. Three unions including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying:
“…we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.”
Now the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), that includes IRS employees, is mobilizing its members to oppose legislation that would force them out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into ObamaCare.
CNSNews included a model letter from the union’s website to Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) expressing deep concerns over the law:
“I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”
“H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers.”
“I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day. One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits. Please let me know your views on this legislation. I look forward to hearing back from you.”