Obamacare Blasted by Uber-Lefty Union Unite Here in "Internal" Report
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently made headlines when he blasted the infamous Koch brothers as "un-American" for bankrolling anti-Obamacare ads that have kept fact-checkers in clover debunking them.
But criticism of the Affordable Care Act comes not just from the far-right Koch brothers
It comes from the left as well, including from the union Unite Here, which according to its website represents "workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries."
The study blasts Obamacare for a "trillion dollar transfer of wealth" to insurance companies, as employers cut their employees' hours and pay, and union-based health plans are "strangled" into non-existence.
Conservative sites have gone wild with the UH publication, while traditional defenders of Obamacare have been slow to respond.
Via email, Ralston would not discuss his source for the report. But he explained that it was sent by Unite Here to fellow labor leaders with a cover letter by UH president Don Taylor, also posted on the Ralston Reports blog.
The journalist uploaded both documents to his site on March 7. Since then, the story's gone viral -- at least on the right -- and has been picked up by FrontPage Mag, National Review Online, and Fox News, among other conservative outlets.
"I'm not surprised at all that conservatives are all over every negative thing this union does on Obamacare," Ralston wrote in response to my inquiry. "It gives them fodder to say all criticism is not partisan."
Unite Here spokeswoman Annemarie Strassel confirmed that the report was legit.
"It was an internal document, which is why it's not posted on our site," she stated in an e-mail earlier today, "but I can verify that it is ours."
She said the union would be posting the report to its own site sometime today, "given the wide distribution" it's already received.
(As this blog went to press, Strassel sent me a link to the report, just published on the UH site.)