Tuesday, October 27, 2009
There is an interesting article in the Oct. 26, 2009 edition of The Hill entitled "Unions Win Concessions But Fight On" which is about the health care debate. What are the "concessions" that organized labor wants? The article states as follows:
Reid has not given labor unions everything. But he has done enough to keep them from turning completely against the bill: including a version of the government-run health insurance program; raising the taxable level on high-cost insurance plans; and increasing the penalty for those companies that fail to provide health insurance to employees.
Keeping labor unions, a reliable Democratic-base group, on his side is an important accomplishment for Reid as he heads into a multi-week floor debate on the party’s biggest legislative priority. If unions were provoked to oppose the bill’s central provisions, it could tear apart the Senate Democratic Conference, pitting liberals against centrists.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein