January 12, 2010

AH, TED KENNEDY'S DREAM...:

Labor angry over Obama-backed insurance tax (ERICA WERNER, 1/12/10, Associated Press)

A Monday evening meeting at the White House between Obama and about a dozen heads of the country's biggest labor unions capped a day when two union leaders fired broadsides at Obama and Senate Democrats over their plans to pay for overhauling the nation's health care system with a tax union leaders fear could hurt their workers.

The 40 percent tax would fall on employer health plans worth more than $8,500 for an individual or $23,000 for a family. Although Obama terms them "Cadillac" plans, union leaders say numerous working-class Americans who've negotiated good benefits in exchange for lesser pay would be hurt.

The president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, warned that Democrats risk catastrophic election defeats similar to 1994 if they fail to come up with a health bill labor likes.


...that those with the best health care coverage dictate the terms of the "reform."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2010 6:41 AM
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