Irony: SEIU Strikes Hospital as Obamacare Forces Healthcare Costs UpBy admin On Mar 20, 2013 All Categories | Dirty tactics | Shady Lobbying 1 Comment Tags: Obamacare, Olympia Washington, picketing, SEIU, SEIU Local 1199NW, Service Employees International Union, St. Peter Hospital, strike
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199NW members picket Olympia’s St. Peter Hospital as the Obamacare plan SEIU advocated increases their costs
There seems to be some trouble in paradise for the SEIU, as disputes between employees and employers increase across the country. As the economy has been hurting more and more recently, employers are asking their employees to start sharing the burden of the higher costs, and unions are responding with strikes and picketing:
Five hundred members of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, walked off the job for what the union calls health care workers striking over the rising cost of health care. … “We’re going to be fully staffed,” says Susan Meenk, VP for Human Resources at Providence St. Peter. “We do have some replacement workers coming in from other Providence hospitals, and temporary workers.”
Now for those who remember, the SEIU was instrumental in promoting legislation specifically to stop the rising costs of healthcare. According to them, the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, was supposed to handle all of these problems and more. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry had this to say about Obamacare:
The healthcare law means that working families can move forward toward more affordable, secure healthcare and better health, not backward to the status quo of skyrocketing premiums, insurance denials and unchecked profits for insurance companies.
So how is it possible that healthcare prices are still going up? The Nation, a notably progressive magazine that calls itself the “flagship of the left”, acknowledges that higher prices is a direct result of Obamacare:
High-deductible “catastrophic” or “consumer directed health plans” shift the cost of healthcare from employers to employees and are a permitted form of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
In reality, the Obamacare act which was supposed to result in lowered healthcare prices has actually resulted in increases in premiums, a far cry from the “more affordable” promises of Mary Kay Henry.
Strangely enough, the SEIU seemed to know this in advance, and arranged for 6 of their local union chapters to receive Obamacare waivers:
That brings to six the total number of SEIU locals that have received waivers from Obamacare…. The waivers granted to the SEIU locals exempt them from having to comply with the phasing out of the annual benefits caps.
Sadly for the members at the St. Peter Hospital, there were no waivers that could stop Obamacare’s impact from coming down on them. Their frustration at the rising costs should be directed at the SEIU who advocated for the policies that are now impacting them. Their frustration against their employer is pointless, particularly as the hospital is already having them replaced.