A cadre of congressional Republicans would like to defund Obamacare and would be willing to risk a government shutdown to make that happen. A leading voice in the Senate is Mike Lee of Utah. Lee says the law is so bad, even key Democratic allies don’t like it.
“By a margin of two to one, Americans say Obamacare will make their family’s health care situation worse, not better. Just 12 percent support the individual mandate. Doctors don’t want it. Businesses oppose it. Unions say it’s bad for workers,” Lee wrote in an op-ed in USA Today.
That last group, the unions, caught our eye. Organized labor is one of the pillars of the Democratic Party and lobbied for passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Lee’s office pointed us to a press release and a letter. The press release from United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers called for “repeal or complete reform of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.” The letter came from three of the larger unions in the country: the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and UNITE HERE, which represents hotel workers. Those three unions sent a dire warning to the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.