The legislation is an attempt to head off any possible effort by the administration to subsidize the health plans of union members. Under current law, health plans at for-profit entities are eligible for subsidies, but union members' health plans are not.
Black's bill would prevent anyone who gets insurance coverage as part of a collective bargaining agreement from receiving health insurance subsidies under ObamaCare.
Her bill is the House companion to legislation that Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneYahoo reveals new details about security Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Low-income consumer broadband credits mean competitiveness, choice and compassion MORE (R-S.D.) introduced earlier in the week. When he introduced his proposal, Thune said the bill is designed to ensure that unions can't be granted a "backroom deal" to spare them the effects of the law that Democrats supported, and Republicans opposed.
Co-sponsors of Black's bill are Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnLow-income consumer broadband credits mean competitiveness, choice and compassion A guide to the committees: House Latino entrepreneurs need federal protection from pyramid schemes MORE (R-Tenn.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordA guide to the committees: House Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Convention calendar: Parties and events MORE (R-Ark.), John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), Chuck FleischmannChuck FleischmannA guide to the committees: House House candidate wants to 'Make America White Again' House passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online MORE (R-Tenn.), Tim GriffinTim GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting MORE (R-Ark.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).
The bill is the latest legislative product from Republicans in the few short weeks left before the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges are scheduled to open on Oct. 1. Just this week, the House passed legislation from Black aimed at blocking subsidies for people to buy health insurance under these exchanges until a better eligibility system is established.