Big Labor reportedly struck a deal with health care negotiators to exempt union members from the 40% excise tax on high-priced health insurance premiums. By some estimates, the tax would hit one in four union members. Now Big Labor will get all the big government health care spending they always wanted, but they will not have to pay for it.
The legislation also sets aside $5 billion to subsidize the costs of employer health benefits for early retirees. As Heritage fellow James Sherk notes, few non union employers, of course, pay pension and health benefits for workers to retire at 55. And then there’s the small business exemption from the employer mandate for businesses with less than 50 employees. At first this applied to all small businesses, but after aggressive lobbying by Big Labor, non-unionized construction businesses were unexempted. Big Labor lobbyists explicitly admitted they wanted to use Obamacare’s job-killing employer mandates as a competitive advantage to drive non-unionized firms out of business.
Big Labor’s high wages and inflexible work rules have already bankrupted our nation’s once proud automobile industry. Across the country, their early retirement and exorbitant pensions are bankrupting states. The health insurance excise tax was once the signature health care spending cost cutter of Obama’s entire health care plan. Now it has been gutted at the altar of Big Labor power. The big loser in all of these cases is you, the American taxpayer.SOURCE: THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
And today the media is reporting that this week, the (SEIU) Service Employees International Union spent $665,000 on the below ad, attacking Scott Brown, the Republican challenger to Democrat Martha Coakley. And Obama did his best to get the vote out for Coakely.
President Obama has posted a new video on his campaign’s YouTube account, and sent an e-mail to his very sizable supporter list, urging his supporters to help Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special Senate election. He also points them to a Web page where they can sign up to volunteer.
“In Washington, I’m fighting to curb the abuses of a health insurance industry that routinely denies care,” Obama says in the video. “I’m fighting for financial reform to stop Wall Street from playing havoc with our economy. I’m fighting to create a new energy economy. And it’s clear now that the outcome of these and other fights will probably rest on one vote in the United States Senate. That’s why what happens Tuesday in Massachusetts is so important.”
Obama also said this: “She represents the best progressive values of Massachusetts”. Note the word “progressive”! Wikapedia describes progressiveness as progressive politicians in the United States associate with the Democratic Party or the Green Party US. In the US Congress there exists the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is often in opposition to the more conservative Democrats, who form the Blue Dogs caucus. Some of the more notable progressive members of Congress have included, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, John Lewis, and the POTUS is their leader!