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  •  This is an effort to undermine Unions (3+ / 0-)

    This issue infuriates me.  Obama care has always been a big giveaway to the health insurance industry, but to rub salt into that wound, congress added this caveat to deny workers the benefits they fought for years to attain.    Benefits that were won instead of wages.  This provision in the law is intended to undermine Labor's ability to organize.  
    Cadillac my ass.  Cadillac benefits are what our damn congress creatures  enjoy.  
    I knew that Obama was no good and I could never vote for him.  I just never expected that he was going to be this bad.

    •  Indeed so. it does rob union members. (0+ / 0-)

      For 45 years, I have been a union member.  We have negotiated to keep our health benefits, often sacrificing salary escalation to keep health benefits, because we believe work without family health is misery.

      I have no problem with the idea that everyone should be protected.  I support ACA.  But how can I help feeling betrayed when my lawmakers and president say that unionists should be taxed on their health benefits in order to finance ACA for those who did not fight and work for decent health care?

      The money to "equalize" healthcare should come from the common pot (income taxes) and the people with good health plans should not be attacked, nor their healthcare reduced.

      •  What I'm puzzled about is this--why on earth (0+ / 0-)

        didn't the 'rank-and-file' complain about the Cadillac when the bill was being written?

        This was reported on extensively in the Washington Post, NYT, and probably most newspapers that carry 'AP?'

        Believe me, if your union leaders are saying they didn't know about the 'surcharge' law that 'they negotiated, which was delayed UNTIL 2017--you're being hoodwinked.

        As a former union rep, I'd love to see the union rank-and-file finally wake up.  Some (not all) of the union 'leaders' sold  you folks out years ago.

        BTW, some Democrats 'led the charge' to tax the Cadillac plans.

        Please see The Washington Post piece below.

        What Makes a Health Plan a 'Cadillac'?

        By Keith B. Richburg,
        October 01, 2009

        NEW YORK -- In the scramble to find money to overhaul the health-care system, Senate Democrats have been eyeing the most generous insurance packages -- what some call the "Cadillac" plans -- as a lucrative target to tax.

        But as the competing proposals are debated on Capitol Hill, a fundamental challenge has emerged: Few people agree on exactly what constitutes a Cadillac plan.

        Many proponents of taxing high-end employer-based coverage have singled out the titans of Wall Street finance and industry, whose insurance might pay for regular EKGs, CAT scans and weekend health retreats at tony spas. The California Health and Longevity Institute, for example, offers "comprehensive physicals" over several days that include personalized counseling on wellness, fitness and nutrition.

        Mollie

        "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Thu May 30, 2013 at 07:02:03 PM PDT

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