Up to 20 million union members and their families will be ineligible for ObamaCare subsidies to help pay for their Cadillac-style health insurance plans, says CBS News.
Instead, members of unions for part-time and seasonal workers and their dependents will likely have to choose between higher premiums to stay on their plans – whose cost will rise because of the health law’s new coverage mandates – or cheaper plans that cover less – but are subsidized – on the state-based ObamaCare exchanges.
The reason for the choice is because ObamaCare only gives subsidies to people who are not covered by their employer. If union members opt to stay with the plans jointly administered by their union and their employer, then they, in effect, are choosing higher premiums.
Because Nebraska’s former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel is manifestly ill-qualified (or worse) to be Defense Secretary, and because due diligence about his record has not been completed, senators are more than justified in continuing to filibuster his nomination.
There are two parts to this argument – the first being Hagel’s unfitness for the job, the second being the appropriateness of the filibuster. The first is easier to demonstrate, and well-covered in numerous other places. The second is more complicated. So let’s dispense rather quickly with his unfitness.
Hagel is unqualified…