President Obama’s Big Labor buddies are not referring to automobiles, but rather the President’s Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) “Cadillac tax” provision that, if left in place, could seriously hurt unions financially and result in membership loss. Big labor is hoping for an early Christmas present from the Democratic party and the President – but it may not be coming. Despite the fact Harry Reid and other Democrats have announced repeal of the Cadillac tax as a main priority in an attempt to support struggling unions who’s support Democratic candidates desperately need in the 2016 elections, it appears the President’s narcissistic ego will keep him from supporting such a repeal since he views Obamacare as his signature health care reform law. This could become a major problem for the President and the Democratic party if not achieved this week, as negotiators attempt to wrap up a major tax bill (see Reid seeks parting gift for unions in sweeping tax deal and Politico: ‘Cadillac Tax’ Seen as Next Obamacare Battle).
As recounted in past blogs The Devil is in the Details: Buyer’s Remorse over Obamacare, Except for SEIU and Reprise: Buyer’s Remorse over Obamacare?, Big labor was fully on board with Obamacare until the bill was passed and they began to read the fine print. Now with declining membership and underfunded healthcare programs, Big Labor is facing facing the real fear of extinction. Such a result would be catastrophic for the Democratic Party because of the financial support and ground game labor unions provide to get out the vote and win elections. Already, unions like the SEIU have endorsed Hillary Clinton (see Obama’s “Purple People Beaters” Prepare to do Battle for Hillary and SEIU endorses Clinton. This type of support cannot be jeopardized by the Democratic Party in a race against the most likely Reblican candidate, Donald Trump. It is important Democrats provide the “early Christmas present” Big Labor bosses want, or face extinction for both them and the party, as concisely phrased in an email received from email from Governor Scott Walker…
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Guest writer David Bego author of Devil at our Doorstep