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Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout
Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2014 | Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger

Posted on 02/01/2014 2:03:41 PM PST by Second Amendment First

Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the Affordable Care Act has subjected union health plans to new taxes and mandates while not allowing them to share in the subsidies that have gone to private insurance companies competing on the newly created exchanges.

After dozens of frustrating meetings with White House officials over the past year, including one with Obama, a number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.

“We want to hold the president to his word: If you like your health-care coverage, you can keep it, and that just hasn’t been the case,” said Donald “D.” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the union that represents about 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers and provided a crucial boost to Obama by endorsing him just after his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the New Hampshire primary.

Taylor and Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, laid out their grievances this week in a terse letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), saying they are “bitterly disappointed” in the administration.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; obamacare; subsidies; unions; waivers; zerocare

1 posted on 02/01/2014 2:03:41 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

I think it was Saul Alinsky that said that “the ends justify the means.” Betrayal is a bitter pill that is disastrously felt only after it is swallowed.


2 posted on 02/01/2014 2:06:34 PM PST by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
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To: Second Amendment First

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


3 posted on 02/01/2014 2:06:38 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Second Amendment First
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.


4 posted on 02/01/2014 2:08:23 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Second Amendment First
warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates

Bluff.

5 posted on 02/01/2014 2:12:09 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, screw you, labor union officials. You all screwed the rest of us pretty good trying to work out your own sweetheart deal. I hope it hurts.


6 posted on 02/01/2014 2:12:31 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Second Amendment First

Shut up, you union slugs. You’ll roll out to the polls and vote straight Democrat as all minorities do. You’re on the Big Government Plantation, and your masters aren’t at all threatened by your occasional whimpering.


7 posted on 02/01/2014 2:12:38 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Second Amendment First

Obama has disdain for everyone. It’s only a matter of time before he gets around to offending everyone.


8 posted on 02/01/2014 2:12:50 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Second Amendment First

I didn’t leave the Democrat party...
The Democrat party left me.

Ronald Reagan


9 posted on 02/01/2014 2:16:59 PM PST by usual suspect
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To: Second Amendment First
These labor union leaders need to comprehend that they have sold out their fellow Americans for a few lousy shekels. The betrayal they now complain of is of no concern to me.
10 posted on 02/01/2014 2:17:33 PM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Expecting something different were we?


11 posted on 02/01/2014 2:18:34 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Second Amendment First

First he betrayed Conservatives.

Then he betrayed the wing-nut Leftists.

Then he betrayed other fringe Leftists, he thought didn’t
count.

All the while he was betraying Blacks.

Then he started betraying the Unions.

Then his programs were so bad, they started to hurt the party, another betrayal of sorts.

Now he has betrayed the labor unions.

One can only wonder what other betrayals will be just over the horizon for Bath-house Barry. It could get very ugly.

When the Left has had enough of this dumb ass, they’ll be dropping the dime on him. The Right will be able to step back and get out of the way.


12 posted on 02/01/2014 2:21:23 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: liberalh8ter

“These labor union leaders need to comprehend that they have sold out their fellow Americans for a few lousy shekels.”

They didn’t even get 30 pieces of silver.


13 posted on 02/01/2014 2:21:36 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]

Indeed, you are correct. My daughter is writing an essay this weekend on Orwell’s use of betrayal in his novel Animal Farm….perhaps the union bosses should reread this little ditty.


14 posted on 02/01/2014 2:23:41 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Second Amendment First

Sleep with dogs, wake up with fleas.


15 posted on 02/01/2014 2:26:32 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Fido969

This may not be a bluff. It just may mean that union members
will only commit to voting for Democrat candidates only one
time instead of 2-3 this campaign cycle.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 2:44:43 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Union Official” are just covering their butts because they sold the Obamacare lemon to their members. which is not to say that the officials didn’t know it was a lemon all along.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 2:47:50 PM PST by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: Second Amendment First
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

So will these unions stop supporting Democrats? Will these unions call for the repeal of Obamacare? If no to both, then these unions are mere puppets of the Democratic Party and their words are meaningless.

18 posted on 02/01/2014 3:01:11 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Second Amendment First

19 posted on 02/01/2014 3:21:03 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Second Amendment First
They signed a contract with the Devil and didn't read the fine print.

As everyone knows, the "Devil is in the Details".

20 posted on 02/01/2014 3:24:08 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: liberalh8ter

Exactly. The labor union leaders lied to their “ bothers and sisters” when they told them how great ObamaCare was going to be and hoped no one would notice.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 4:41:28 PM PST by matt04
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To: Second Amendment First

They went on feeding the crocodile, hoping it would eat them last........


22 posted on 02/01/2014 5:33:20 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Useful Idiots


23 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:01 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: Second Amendment First

Heh heh.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 6:34:32 PM PST by grundle
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To: Second Amendment First

A perfect storm brewing for a wipeout of Democrats in the mid-terms and the idiot RINO’s are playing with amnesty instead.


25 posted on 02/01/2014 6:47:57 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: DoughtyOne

[ First he betrayed Conservatives.

Then he betrayed the wing-nut Leftists.

Then he betrayed other fringe Leftists, he thought didn’t
count.

All the while he was betraying Blacks.

Then he started betraying the Unions.

Then his programs were so bad, they started to hurt the party, another betrayal of sorts.

Now he has betrayed the labor unions.

One can only wonder what other betrayals will be just over the horizon for Bath-house Barry. It could get very ugly.

When the Left has had enough of this dumb ass, they’ll be dropping the dime on him. The Right will be able to step back and get out of the way. ]

Danger Danger Will Robinson!!!!

The left when they tire of him will make a Martyr out of him one way or another....

Like JFK, RFK, etc etc....

Pray for the President’s Safety!

When Leftists “Drop the Dime on Someone” They play for permanent keeps.

I would rather Obama die of old age or something he picked up at the Chicago Bathouse than for some disgruntled leftists to cause an early demise.

First the Media would spin him into a Martyr and Second they would use it as an excuse to take away even more of your rights and advance the socialist agenda.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 6:51:41 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

I agree. I never advocate or express a desire to see a Leftist cut down. They would be an instant Kennedy or a King, and would never be seen for who they really were.

If it looks like I’ve advocated for such, it was because I was intemperate. I don’t want it for a second.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 6:57:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Exactly WHAT did these morons think “Cadillac Health Care Plans” meant, and WHO had them?


28 posted on 02/01/2014 6:58:37 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Second Amendment First

29 posted on 02/01/2014 7:13:22 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Repeal 16-17

30 posted on 02/01/2014 7:17:33 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Second Amendment First

And water is wet, your point?


31 posted on 02/01/2014 7:26:15 PM PST by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: Second Amendment First
Unions have been a major source of funding and ground-level efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates. “You can’t just order people to do stuff,” Taylor said. “If their health plan gets wrecked, why would they then go campaign for the folks responsible for wrecking their health care?”

Unions pushed for Obamacare because they thought it wouldn't be FORCED on them. They didn't care if they were sticking it to the rest of Americans. Also unions only back one party so they really don't have any leverage. My guess is they'll go crawling back to democrats...

32 posted on 02/01/2014 7:27:19 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: longfellowsmuse
Indeed, you are correct. My daughter is writing an essay this weekend on Orwell’s use of betrayal in his novel Animal Farm….perhaps the union bosses should reread this little ditty.

Good for your daughter...

33 posted on 02/01/2014 7:32:07 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Second Amendment First

Betrayed huh, so what of it? Whacha gonna do? Vote Republican?


34 posted on 02/02/2014 6:03:15 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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