AFL-CIO: Gov’t option an absolute must

I don’t usually push posts from Politico… it just leans too far to the right for me… but this piece by Carrie Budoff Brown, whose writing has been relatively fair to Obama’s Administration, brought up an important factor. Here’s part of the piece:
clipped from www.politico.com

Democratic lawmakers will not be able to count on the AFL-CIO‘s support if they drop the public insurance option from the health care reform legislation, union officials said Tuesday.

The AFL-CIO’s incoming president, Richard Trumka, outlined “three absolute musts” in any overhaul package: a public option, an employer mandate and no tax on employer-provided health benefits.

Asked if the union would work against any bill that did not hit those targets, Trumka told reporters during a briefing: “That means we won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option.”

Incoming AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says unions 'won't support' a health bill sans a public option.

Losing support of the AFL-CIO, one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful allies, would rob Obama of a significant resource for grass-roots mobilization.

“Otherwise we don’t get health insurance reform, we don’t break the stranglehold of insurance companies, and that system goes on and on and on as it has,” said Trumka, who is currently the union’s secretary-treasurer. “Costs go up, quality of care goes down.”

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Posted on September 1, 2009, in Economics, Health Care, Politics, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on AFL-CIO: Gov’t option an absolute must.

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