Tagged Unions

What We Learn from Today’s Supreme Court Rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two important decisions today. Both were rightly decided, in my view. The first was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Eugene Volokh has a very good rundown of the case here. Note the following from his post: . . . The owners of Hobby Lobby sincerely believe that it’s wrong for them to buy their employees insurance plans that they see as supporting abortion. They have no objection to contraception as such, but they view contraceptives that prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg as tantamount to abortion drugs. The government acknowledges that its regulations require businesses…

Of Enforced Unionization and First Amendment Violations

An excellent editorial on the subject by George Will. There is no cognizable state interest whatsoever in forcing public sector workers into unions, and the only reason that this is happening–as Will points out–is that the power of unions has been dramatically diminished. I recognize that this upsets unions–and the Democratic party–but their discomfort is not a sufficient reason to force public sector workers to join unions. The Supreme Court should find as much, and I expect that they will.

“Sorry” Seems to Be the Hardest Word

This latest Obamacare update features a semi-apology from the president of the United States: President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them…

Guess Who Thinks Obamacare Might Need to Be Repealed

If you guessed “Tea Party Republicans,” you only get partial credit. Incidentally, while I am pleased that the New York Times is covering this story, my guess is that if a key portion of a Republican president’s political base rebelled against one of said president’s key policy initiatives, we would be hearing about it nonstop from just about every news media outlet there is.

More Obamacare Revelations

We continue to find out what is in the health care reform bill: Contrary to earlier promises, you may not be able to keep your doctor. Unions–who aren’t exactly members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy–don’t like the new health care reform law. We seem to have ourselves an imperial presidency. Those who claimed that the last administration exercised imperial presidential powers are curiously silent.

For Fans of Obamacare, This News Qualifies as “Worrisome”

We’ve known for a while that a number of unions are not fans of the Affordable Care Act, but it likely sends a shudder up the spines of the president and those who staff his administration each time those unions make their feelings known: Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group…