Special Interests

Morning Dose Of Reality: Backroom Deals With Special Interests

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President Barack Obama, Democrat House and Senate leaders and Big Labor officials huddled together behind closed doors over the past two days to broker a sweetheart deal for unions in order to get their support to pass government-run health care.

So what concessions did Big Labor get?

Senate Bill Passed On Christmas Eve 2009:

“Under The Bill Passed Last Month By The Senate, The Federal Government Would Have Imposed A 40 Percent Tax On The Value Of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Exceeding $8,500 A Year For An Individual And $23,000 For A Family.”  (Robert Pear and Steven Greenhouse, “Accord Reached On Insurance Tax For Costly Plans,” The New York Times, 1/14/10)

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