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Labor Campaigns Against Tax on Health Plans
NY Slimes ^ | 01/13/10 | Bob Pear & David Herszenhorn

Posted on 01/12/2010 9:46:38 PM PST by freespirited

Having failed to persuade President Obama to scrap a proposed tax on high-cost health insurance policies, labor leaders took their case Tuesday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and they said they received a more favorable response.

“I love the House, and I love the speaker,” Andrew L. Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said after the meeting.

House and Senate Democrats are trying to iron out numerous differences in bills passed by the two chambers to expand coverage and rein in health costs.

Having devoted much of 2008 to the legislation, senior House Democrats said it could be a political disaster if they failed to pass it in this election year.

But House Democrats made clear on Tuesday that they would not simply accept the Senate’s positions on major issues.

House Democratic leaders said, for example, that they would insist on a single national insurance exchange, where many individuals, families and small businesses could shop for coverage. The Senate bill calls for dozens of state-based exchanges.

And House Democrats said they would also insist on eliminating the exemption from federal antitrust law that health insurance companies have long enjoyed. The House bill would revoke the exemption, while the Senate bill would maintain it. If the exemption is repealed, Democrats said, it would be easier for federal officials to take action against price-fixing or other anticompetitive practices in the health insurance industry.

Under the Senate bill, the federal government would impose a 40 percent tax on the value of employer-sponsored health coverage exceeding $8,500 a year for an individual and $23,000 for a family. The bill would make certain allowances for plans covering retirees 55 and older and workers in high-risk occupations.

Ms. Pelosi noted that the president wanted the tax.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biglabor; healthcare; laborunions
"I love the House, and I love the speaker,” Andrew L. Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said after the meeting.

Get a room!

1 posted on 01/12/2010 9:46:43 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Funny they were all for it when they thought THEY would get exempted from the tax.....


2 posted on 01/12/2010 9:51:01 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: freespirited

History repeating itself. Lenin shot the 1917 revolutionaries after the Soviets took over.

There’s no loyalty in this bunch. They would kill their own mothers to advance collectivism.

Socialism and corruption are the same thing.


3 posted on 01/12/2010 9:55:58 PM PST by lurk
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To: lurk

Union health care benefits are the most generous out there. Love to see this bite them in the butt.


4 posted on 01/12/2010 11:02:55 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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