The transparency of the Obama administration continues as yet another deal is inked while America sleeps. Big Labor came in swinging when it was revealed that the final healthcare reform tax and spend bill would contain a “cadillac tax” to help pay for the legislation. This tax would have hit union members hard, many of whom are middle class workers. The President completely supported the tax initially because the hard truth that someone has to pay for this bloated government control measure was obvious.
The President has been meeting with labor union heads at the White House for the past few days and finally reached an agreement last night around midnight. And another payoff can be added to list as well as a refiguring of how much this measure will cost. I had thought that perhaps the unions would swallow this tax in exchange for a Card Check deal, but apparently they are getting something better. Union members will not have to pay tax on their plans until 2018 and at that time, the insurance exchange will be open for union members to join. But that is not all because anyone with common sense can see what is happening here. Until 2018, the unions are going to look like a real good option to join for workers who have cadillac plans but do not belong to unions. Now they will want to join in order to get the exemption. This appears to be a win-win for everybody except America.
Democratic Representative Joe Courtney, a leading critic of the Senate tax, said “Right now I think that this is a real uphill battle. There’s a high degree of skepticism about it.” The revised deal raises the tax’s income threshold and excludes supplemental coverage for dental and vision. There was word that talks are still underway because some unions are not happy with this deal either. And this still will have to get Senate approval where the “cadillac tax” was added.
One thing is for sure, the unions got this President in office and have supported ObamaCare to the point of violence, so he owes them on everything. This is why Andy Stern, head of SEIU, practically has his own room at the White House because he has visited so much. We live in an Oligarchy with many pulling the strings of the President Puppet and the labor unions are just one of those groups. This is why we cannot fail in the 2010 elections. We must start closing the doors on these special interest groups that run this country.