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Obama and the Unions Play "Let’s Make a Deal"

Behind closed doors, President Obama and union leaders from the AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA and AFSCME met to discuss their differences over the healthcare bill and the plan to tax high end insurance plans.  You know those high end plans that unions have worked so hard to win through collective bargaining.  Well here is what was really happening behind the scenes.  Both sides were playing the game of “Let’s Make a Deal.”  The unions decided to trade what was left of their integrity (if they had any to begin with) for what was behind door number two.  And what was behind door number two?  Yes that’s right a healthcare exemption for all high end healthcare plans that were acquired through collective bargaining until 2018.  Once again another backroom deal at the taxpayers’ expense and another black mark on this healthcare bill.  It was absolutely shameless and outrageous.  So much for transparency and fairness.

So here is why I believe they are pushing so hard to cobble something together for a vote…Massachusetts.  The seat that has been held by a Democrat since the 1970s is now in jeopardy.  And because this seat is in jeopardy, so might the healthcare bill if the Republican wins.  No one in the Democratic Party saw Scott Brown coming.  How could a Republican be so close in the polls in a state that is deep blue?  The Democrats are pulling out all the stops to defeat Brown from negative campaign ads to busing union people in to help get out the vote.  So we can expect an ACORN style get out the vote effort, along with a heaping pile of fraud.  These are desperate times for the Dems and they will do anything to stop Scott Brown from winning, even if it means stealing the election.

This is the main reason why they are trying to get something pushed through for a vote.  They are extremely worried that they could lose this seat along with their super majority.  Many Democrats from red states have already committed political suicide by supporting this horrible piece of legislation.  They need this healthcare fiasco put to bed and put to bed quickly.  It’s an election year!  To clue you in just how bad it is for the Democrats, today my representative Earl Pomeroy angrily stated to a group of his fellow Democrats that the healthcare debate is hurting him so bad that he might as well retire.  Ben Nelson is taking so much heat from his constituents about the Nebraska deal, he has asked the senate to take the deal out of the bill.  So you can see how bad this is for the imploding Democratic Party.  They are losing in both polls and with public opinion and they’re starting to feel it.  So the process to find common ground has turned into “Let’s Make a Deal.”  And the big losers are the American people.

My feeling is that no matter what gets passed; this is a huge loss for the President.  The American people now realize how much of a sham this bill is and how rotten it smells.  They know the cost and how many will still be left uninsured.  The stench of this bill is going to cling to the Obama administration the rest of this term.  Eventually he’ll distance himself from it by blaming the Republicans and Bush.  Same old tactic.  Unions, which spend a great deal of time shaping the public opinion of them are also going to take a hit.  There is a perception out there that if you support the President you gain special favors.  Cutting this deal with the unions only reinforces this perception.  The backlash will be like a tsunami.

In the end we should have kept our money and walked away from door number two.  At least then we would have something concrete to show for our efforts…our Republic intact.


Filed under: Cadillac Plans, Healthcare reform, Obama, SEIU, Unions

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  • Ron Russell January 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Obama and those around him have overreached and like the little kid in the candy store who parent has to hold him back the American people are ready to tell him "NO"! No more special treatment for your friends, Barry!

  • Matt January 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I wonder if this is an situation that be defined, or litigated as a "equal protection under the law" issue? Some get protections that others do not? Typical liberal thinking. I guess Orwell was right. Some are "more equal than others."

  • Forgotten Liberty January 16, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    I agree with Matt, it's typical liberal thinking. I don't think this would stand up to a challenge in the Supreme Court. It definetely seems unconstitutional to me. But then again, a lot of things our government does are unconstitutional and the Supreme Courts turns a blind eye or rationalizes them.

  • John Carey January 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    The Supreme Court is not going to stop this impending train wreck. They have been an ineffective branch of the government since FDR. It was the last time they stood for the Constitution. The answer is with the states. The states need to take back the powers that are granted by the 10th and tell the federal government to pound sand. This is where the tea party movement needs to concentrate their efforts.