CONFIRMED! Unions throw middle class under the bus! CALL YOUR CRITTERS! : A-HA! WH/Congress Dems reach tentative deal to exempt labor from excise tax on health insurance benefits…
1/15 WSJ confirms that the Dems have cut a deal for 12% of the middle class and left the other 88% of us to pay the excise tax. No no no. They are dividing the Middle Class against itself. Nice job labor. Right to work states should what? Die younger? No I don’t think so.
Democratic negotiators acceded to union demands for a scaled-back tax on high-end health-insurance plans, exempting union contracts from the tax until 2018, five years beyond the start date for other workers.
The deal helped Democrats clear a key hurdle, but the reduced tax added to the pressure to find new revenue to pay for their health bill, which is designed to give coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. Negotiators were considering increasing the financial hit on drug makers, nursing homes and medical-device makers, according to people familiar with the discussions….
I knew it! J’ACCUSE!!! Those frakkers! If they think this will fly and they can exempt 12% of the middle class (labor) from the excise tax and leave the other 88% of us twisting they are barking up the wrong tree…
Jane Hamsher has it at FDL:
You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax:
Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul….
Oh, and they also, tossed the employer mandate. “The better to stick you with high deductible, low quality plans on which to tax you my dear”, said the Wolf from Aetna….