Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just desserts?

The bile rises in my throat every time I contemplate the proposed excise tax President Obama wants to levy on working Americans who have the benefit of health insurance.  Apparently organized labor is figuring out that they have been sold out by their messiah.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor leaders are pushing hard on President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to drop a proposed new tax on high-value health insurance plans, warning of political consequences.
The White House has indicated the tax may change so it hits fewer workers - but it's not going away.
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.

Reaping what they have sown.  The rest here.

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