Our Briefing Paper, 10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare has just been released. The paper examines ten threats to union-negotiated health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It elaborates on the concerns expressed in Resolution 54 passed at this year’s AFL-CIO Convention.
While rejecting calls for an outright repeal of Obamacare as divisive and demoralizing, the paper asserts that the complex provisions of the ACA undermine the “solidarity model” of healthcare coverage embraced by unions. It argues that the ACA will ultimately replace this model with a “consumer-driven” model where each worker is on his or her own to navigate a complex, for-profit system with limited resources.