Corruption is How Obama Rolls, or Why Unions are Bad for America

How many times have I and other conservatives told you that Obama is beholden to unions who got him elected?  Continued payouts of taxpayer money to ACORN even after congress said “no,” and union lobbyists streaming in and out of the White House, both as employees and visitors, despite Obama’s pledge that no lobbyists would be anywhere near his administration.  Need more proof that Obama will willingly screw you to pay off the unions?  Here ya’ go.

Yet another in a continuous stream of non-transparent, smoke filled backroom deals has produced another payoff for the unions who elected Obama.

Obama is exempting the unions from the “Cadillac tax” on “high-cost” health care plans.  Because of Obama’s and the liberals/democrats efforts to destroy the health care system, the cost of your insurance will go up to the point that a whole lot more of us will be considered to have “Cadillac” plans under the new bill.  So what does that mean?

It means if you individually have a plan costing more than $8,900, or $24,000 as a family, you will pay a 40% excise tax on that plan.  That tax was intended to reap some $149 billion in revenue to offset the cost of the government takeover of health care.  But with the unions not paying their “fair share,” it will take $60 billion out of the revenue pool.  So who is going to pay for it?  You will, and I will.

Obama and the democrats aren’t dumb enough to think their takeover will actually improve health care.  This is just part of their Cloward and Piven strategy to collapse the whole thing so they can seize more power and install a command economy, i.e. communist oligarchy.  Conspiracy theorist?  Believe that if you want.  If you are actually listening to what they are saying, they are only hiding their intentions under a thin, lacy veil.  Sometime they let things slip that reveal very clearly their true intentions.

Either way, this deal is unconstitutional as it unfairly burdens some segments of society to benefit others who are merely political special interest groups.

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Unions will dodge O’s health tax

By CARL CAMPANILE

Last Updated: 10:55 AM, January 15, 2010

Posted: 2:49 AM, January 15, 2010

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

In another major concession to labor, the value of dental and vision plans would be exempt from the tax even after the deal expires in eight years, negotiators said.

Under the plan to help fund health-care reform, the tax would kick in for plans valued at $8,900 or more for individuals and $24,000 or more for families.

That’s slightly higher than the $8,500 and $23,000 thresholds in the bill passed by the Senate last month.

The threshold will be even higher for certain plans with many older workers and women — a move to benefit unions with a high proportion of female membership, sources said.

New York labor leaders — who had initially campaigned against the Cadillac tax, favoring instead a surcharge on the wealthy — said they are thrilled.

“We can live with it. We have an agreement that nothing will be taxed until 2018,” crowed George Boncoraglio, regional president of the Civil Service Employees Association.

Officials said the deal was thrashed out over more than 15 hours of negotiating at the White House that ended after midnight Wednesday.

Powerful unions were well-represented around the bargaining table.

Participants included AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Andy Stern, head of Service Employees International Union; Anna Burger, head of Change to Win; and the leaders of unions representing teachers, government workers, food and commercial workers, and electricians.

Stern has been among the most frequent visitors to the White House over the last year, showing up more than 20 times, according to logs.

Originally, the Cadillac tax included in the Senate bill was estimated to raise $149 billion through 2019.

But Trumka said the exemption would reduce that amount by $60 billionmoney that negotiators will now have to find elsewhere, or reduce the coverage in the legislation.

Boncoraglio said CSEA leaders were meeting in Albany — preparing to wage a major offensive against the tax — when their Washington lobbyist called and briefed them on the changes.

Obama backs the Cadillac excise tax, citing economists who say it would drive down costs by encouraging insurance companies to offer employers and workers a chance to buy lower-cost health plans to avoid the levy.  (This is the democrats way of RATIONING HEALTH CARE.  They just make it too expensive to afford the plan you need or want, but give you the “opportunity” to buy one of the (mandatory) government plans that is cheaper (and offers fewer benefits and services).

carl.campanile@nypost.com

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