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from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Democrat Taking Orders from Big Labor: Reid makes Concessions to Labor Unions on Healthcare

For all of you out there who have been wondering who is behind Obamacare, we are getting the answer. AFL-CIO President is telling Reid what the Labor Unions will accept with this bill. Makes no difference that the voters don't want a public option because the unions do and that is who pulls the strings of the Democrats and funds their campaigns along with ACORN voter fraud.

Looks like Reid like so many Democrats is bought and paid for by the Unions. Shame that the people of Nevada ever elected him to represent them as he has one master and that looks to be Labor Unions who fund and work his campaign even if a lot of them don't even live in Nevada.

Unions who were getting weaker have sprung back to life with this Administration. We would like to say it is for their workers but we all know better because it is to line the pockets of the union officials at all levels.

Read this article and see for yourself that the head of the US Senate has sold out to the Unions once again. Democrats might as well wear a big tag that says "I am Bought and Paid for by Labor Unions!"

Reid makes concessions to labor unions on Senate healthcare bill The Hill
October 26, 2009
Alexander Bolton

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made several significant concessions to organized labor in the healthcare reform bill he is preparing for the Senate floor, according to a source familiar with the legislation.

Reid has increased the threshold of high-cost insurance plans that would be subject to taxation to pay for healthcare reform.

Legislation passed by the Senate Finance Committee would impose a 40 percent excise tax on family plans costing more than $21,000, a provision estimated to raise $201 billion for healthcare reform. Under heavy pressure from unions, Reid has increased the threshold so that only family plans costing $23,000 or more would be taxed, said a source familiar with the bill.

The taxable threshold would increase each year by the rate of the Consumer Price Index plus one percent.

Union officials are happy that Reid has listened to their concerns, even though they would like to see the controversial tax scrapped altogether.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka praised Reid on Monday for trying to lessen the impact of the insurance plan tax on working families.

"Sen. Reid is working hard to lessen the impact of this tax and we appreciate his hard work on this," Trumka said during a conference call with reporters.

The Senate bill that Reid has crafted would also include a national government-run insurance plan and allow individual states to opt out of the program. Trumka said his union would not support an “opt in/opt out” compromise on the public option but he said it was a step in the right direction.

“It’s on its way but it’s not there yet,” he said.

The legislation Reid is crafting with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) would also increase the penalty on employers who fail to provide healthcare insurance for employees.

A spokeswoman for Reid did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

SOURCE: The Hill

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