Union fears about the effect of Obamacare on their health insurance plans were getting swift attention from the White House on Friday as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden prepared to huddle with labor leaders.
The session, scheduled for 3:35 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, comes just two days after the largest union federation, the AFL-CIO, passed a resolution calling for sweeping changes.
The White House was staying mum about the purpose of the meeting and even canceled press spokesman Jay Carney’s regular daily media briefing.
Or, Varney said, the meeting could even lead to a delay in the implementation of the individual mandate for another year, “like they’ve delayed the employer mandate.”
“Unions offer generous plans,” Varney pointed out. “They’re going to be taxed. That’s going to hurt membership. They’re already declining. Obamacare could kill some of them off.
“The unions say, ‘This is highly disruptive. We want changes.'”