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The San Francisco Maritime Trades Port Council invited union members and friends aboard the World War II era cargo ship Jeremiah O’Brien for a discussion about the future of health care costs and coverage on January 11. The luncheon event featured San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, who addressed the status of health care affordability as the Trump Administration prepares to take over the reins of government.
Boxer & Gerson Partner Dennis Popalardo was in the audience as Paulson discussed the implications of President-Elect Trump’s plans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” Given the dramatic impact of health care costs on union pension funds, unions are closely monitoring congressional deliberations in Washington D.C., with an eye toward adequate cost containment while also maintaining the coverage gains that have been realized under the ACA.
The Jeremiah O’Brien, named after an American Revolutionary War ship captain, survived an engagement at the Battle of Normandy and eventually came to be docked at Pier 45 in San Francisco. It was built in just 56 days in June, 1943.
(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive)