Why The Excise Tax Is Political Poison
Labor groups are furious with the Democrats they helped put in office — and are threatening to stay home this fall when Democratic incumbents will need their help fending off Republican challengers. [. . .] John Gage, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 workers[, said] "It's really frustrating for labor, and a lot of union people are thinking: We put out big time in money and volunteers and support. And it seems like the little things that could have been aren't being done."
[. . .] Union leaders warn that the Democrats' lackluster performance in power is sapping the morale of activists going into the midterm elections. "Right now if we don’t get positive changes to the agenda, we’re going to have a hard time getting members out to work," said United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard, in an interview. “There’s no use pretending any longer.”
Rahmbo's approach has failed and House Dems will not cross the unions. It's every person for himself now. The excise tax in the Senate bill must be fixed or there will be no health bill. Period.
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