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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Unions Strike A Deal With Pelosi - They Don't Pay But You Could!

Congressional Daily reported that: Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained health care plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the health care overhaul.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger met with House Speaker Pelosi Tuesday, a day after labor leaders met at the White House to express their opposition to the excise tax.

House and Senate Democratic leaders are to meet with President Obama this morning at the White House to discuss health care. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel said he hopes there could be an agreement on the excise tax as early as today after the White House meeting, but then conceded: "That's stretching the word `hope.' "

Exempting collectively bargained plans would appease unions that often offer expensive health plans in lieu of higher wages. The deal could also help Obama avoid breaking his promise not to tax those earning less than $200,000. Obama recently expressed a preference for the excise tax. . . .

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the deal was not enough to bring him on board to support the excise tax on high-cost plans. "It's setting up a divide-and-conquer situation here where some people are going to feel they're paying for other people, and they're all working," Grijalva said. "That politically is possibly the most dangerous thing Democrats can do is create that division." . . .

Meanwhile, Republicans who say they are upset over the continuing closed-door nature of the talks are planning to file a discharge petition today to force a House vote on a resolution requiring public access to the House-Senate negotiations on the health reform bill. The "Sunshine Resolution" was introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., in October. He and Minority Leader Boehner will file the petition.

"With so much at stake, any conference committee or meetings held to determine the content of sweeping national health care legislation should be held in full public view, not behind closed doors," Buchanan said in a statement Tuesday. . . . Full Story

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Kirk Luehrs said...

enough with these friggin deals.... America needs a square deal and we ain't getting it..

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Larry Hendricks said...

Well if real conservatives ever get in office all this should be undone in about 5 minutes or the new people elected aren't worth a damn either .

1/14/2010  
Anonymous David Alan said...

This is no longer a country of personal responsibility

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Patricia Brast said...

Susan, Nothing this administration does surprise me anymore

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Pamela Deanne Tellitlikeitis said...

CHICAGO and Obama..one and the same..CROOKED!

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Larry Hendricks said...

These guys are the Mob period !

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Laura Gardner said...

Well, yes. if you know anything about politics you knew what we were getting. criminals in the White House
11 hours ago

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Laura Gardner said...

For me it was like watching a train coming right at us. Too few people are paying attention; they think nothing bad will happen to them.

1/14/2010  
Anonymous John Szente said...

Let's see how fast our train can run over Barry and his crew of maniacs in November.

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Laura Gardner said...

will it be too late for us by November? do we have a way of immediate repeal of the damaging legislation they are ramming us with?

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Judy Schmidt said...

Laura--then you tell them otherwise. Invite them to meetings. Show them facts. Kill them with kindness and truth. Some people afraid to see. Its a slow uphill battle. It took us 70 plus years to get here and it will not change overnight. Start with the young.

1/14/2010  
Anonymous John Szente said...

Well, November is when we can take back control of the Senate and House.

1/14/2010  
Anonymous Laura Gardner said...

Kids think they know everything. Then when we grow older we learn just how little we actually do know.

1/14/2010  

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