ObamaCare Clusterfuck: "Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout"
Shocker! That they said it, I mean. WaPo:
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.
After dozens of frustrating meetings with White House officials over the past year, including one with Obama, a number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
“We want to hold the president to his word: If you like your health-care coverage, you can keep it, and that just hasn’t been the case,” said Donald “D.” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the union that represents about 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers and provided a crucial boost to Obama by endorsing him just after his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the New Hampshire primary.
Ha ha. Why, the ingratitude.
A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the union leaders’ claims that they were misled. A person familiar with Obama’s meeting with the labor chiefs said he “listened to the group’s concerns with empathy” but explained that the law would not permit the administration to take the steps they requested.
Highly implausible. Since when has Obama had empathy for anybody?
Taylor said Unite Here officials have met with White House officials 48 times. At the time the health-care bill was being considered, he said, “we were told that ‘if there were problems, don’t worry, we’ll get them fixed.’ ”
“We thought that if we made the case to the agencies dealing with regulations to correct problems that hurt, really destroy, self-funded nonprofit health plans, it would be resolved,” Taylor said. “That clearly was naive or stupid.”
So here's the bottom line:
[A] number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
That's pathetic (or "stupid" and/or "naive"). The only way to get anything out of Obama is to threaten him. That's what the gays and Hispanics did in when it counted, before Obama's nomination in 2012, and they at least got some lip service and "a seat at the table."
Rather than whining and muttering, the unions should give full-throated support to a emergent party efforts in swing states, and with enough money to affect the outcome. Time to stop trying to hold on to what you've got, because -- as ObamaCare proves -- the Democrats are going to try to take it away anyhow, just like the Republicans. So why wait?