I am writing as a concerned citizen, a voter, and as leader of Local 54 of UNITE-HERE on behalf of thousands of our members who live, work and pay taxes here in New Jersey.
During the August recess for members of Congress, it is important that our elected officials understand our feelings toward the Affordable Care Act. When Congress and President Barack Obama sought our support for the ACA, we were told that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. And we are strong supporters of affordable health care for all Americans.
Sadly, however, the promise made to us is under threat. Unintended consequences of the ACA are poised to not only shatter our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.
We believe there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as Congress and the president pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow.
As we close in on Labor Day, it is important to remember the hardworking men and women who form the backbone of our economy - and who rely on their health coverage to keep their families safe and secure.
The government needs to make changes to the ACA so that it works for everyone.
C. ROBERT McDEVITT
Local 54 of UNITE-HERE