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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Unions Win Concessions On Health Care Reform

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

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This is proving to a very interesting political season! With so many interest pulling in so many directions all wanting & needing. It will be interesting just what the final bill will enatail.

Posted by: tmongan | Oct 28, 2009 9:30:40 AM

Only would the Democratic Party leadership define positions a majority of its constituency support 'concessions.' How about this as a concession? Allowing Senators Landrieu, Lincoln, Baucus and Ben Nelson to impose their will, based on their narrow electoral interests when their respective state populations represent a miniscule percentage of the overall American public that by a 3 to 1 margin supports a public option?

Or perhaps Senator Elections be Damned Lieberman yet again siding with the Republicans on a filibuster, not even allowing an up-or-down vote? What was the White House or Democratic leadership response to this? Absolutely nothing! The next time Senator Lieberman bucks the Democratic caucus, the White House and Democratic leadership will mimic Kevin Bacon in Animal House.

On a positive note, and somewhat related note for union interests, Yankee First Baseman Mark Teixeira supports card-check. 4 wins away from 27!

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Oct 28, 2009 11:32:48 AM

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