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Big labor sells out to health care defeatism

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Unions Back Plan that Could Kill Off Real Health Care Reform

The AFL-CIO’s and SEIU’s endorsements of single payer appear to be window dressing. They are putting all their energies into “guaranteed affordable choice.” They do it in their own names, and as members of the Herndon Alliance and the Health Care for America Now coalition, which became public July 8. These coalitions criticize single payer as “not politically feasible.”

SEIU’s track record is even worse than the AFL-CIO’s. Unlike the federation, SEIU President Andy Stern regularly trashes single payer. “I think we need to find a new system that is not built on the back of the government,” he told the Brookings Institute two years ago. “We are going to build an American system because we are Americans.”

If you are a union member please contact your shop steward, local president, and international, and tell them you won't settle for less than HR 676. You might even think about running for shop steward or local president.

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Submitted by lambert on

... what we've got know.

What's wrong with looking at what works and doing that? Single payer works.

What a tool. Just like AARP, who'll fight single payer because they profit from selling their own policies.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by DCblogger on

it makes no sense, if they didn't have to ask for health care for their members, they could ask for much higher salaries.

Submitted by lambert on

I guess they must be making up for the loss in some other way, then....

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

maybe the leadership had to capitulate so as not to be left out of Obama's table of advisers. How they could endorse Obama after the health care ads is something that still amazes me. That should have been cause for overturning their initial endorsement. But nope.

Only tyrants rig elections.

Submitted by katiebird (not verified) on

I know that Hillary's plan was a disappointment in that it wasn't a single-payer plan.

But, one of the things I really liked about it was that she spelled out exactly the absurdity of the affordability issue. For me one of the best things about her plan was to define a cap at percentage of income.

When millionaires tell me they will lower the cost my a couple of thousand bucks -- I know they don't get it at all. $2,000 is a hell of a lot of money to most people. They don't need costs lowered that much -- they need costs CAPPED at that. Or less.

I know I'm off topic by not discussing single-payer. But, this is my rant for the day. I've been thinking about Obama's assurance that we'll all have access to healthcare when he lowers the average premium by $2,500, I want to cry. That's NOTHING.

Submitted by gob on

who had previously endorsed single payer - that was a proposal by one of our members at the single payer coalition meeting tonight. Meaning, identify HCAN endorsers who had previously endorsed HR676 and work our contacts with them to make them answer to us on what the hell happened. The idea was well received but I'm not sure how or if the details will work out.

One of us has already arranged to speak to the local board of ACORN about this. At the national level, HealthCare Now! is drafting a petition to demand that MoveOn take their HCAN endorsement to the membership for a vote. (Not that MoveOn, as far as I know, ever took a position on health care before.)

We will push and push and push until some larger force makes us stop.

Submitted by lambert on

Let's try to keep the name straight, shall we?

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by gob on

please read the "feedback" mail.

(Sorry everybody.)

We will push and push and push until some larger force makes us stop.

Submitted by gob on

I misunderstood. The petition idea is just an idea being kicked around.

We will push and push and push until some larger force makes us stop.

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Submitted by Damon on

I thought Stern was for single payer. Well, another day, another disappointment.

But, we've always been at war with Eastasia...

Submitted by lambert on

Translation: The Village doesn't want it.

And the reason they don't want it is because it helps you and not them.

Surprise.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi