Just hours into Trump and the new Congresses term, steps were taken to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. For many in the labor community, we may ask why does this matter? We collectively bargain for our healthcare coverage and our members don't have to buy from the Obamacare exchanges, but the Affordable Care Act is so much more then the health care exchange.
A repeal is the first step in transferring the cost of health insurance away from the health care industry and employers and saddling workers and consumers with the costs. Republicans have proposed block grant funding which will bring about cuts in funding for Medicaid healthcare dollars for low income people.
For our members, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act also puts our retirees in danger. As NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith recently said, none of our members leave without a pre-existing condition. Nowadays, there is almost no job, especially in the trades, where members retiree without having need some surgery or therapy to fix injuries suffered on the job. Without the ACA, these members may not qualify for health insurance to cover ongoing care for their injuries.
We are asking all of our members to join with union members across the country and call your Congressmen and Senators to ask them to not repeal the Affordable Care Act, but instead fix things that might be wrong with it.