When millions of blue-collar workers were leaning toward John McCain during the 2008 campaign, labor unions moved many of them into Barack Obama’s column by repeatedly hammering one theme: Mr. McCain wanted to tax their health benefits.In other words, the union leaders are all for shifting the cost off health care to tax payers, just not their tax payers. Well common sense alone is enough to know that we cannot extend health care to 20, 30, 40 (whatever number we are currently up or down to) million people and that only the "rich" will bear the burden of paying for it. There simply aren't that many rich people around.
An A.F.L.-C.I.O. ad warned union members that it believed voting for Senator John McCain in 2008 would be a mistake.
But now labor leaders are fuming that President Obama has endorsed a tax on high-priced, employer-sponsored health insurance policies as a way to help cover the cost of health care reform. And as Senate and House leaders seek to negotiate a final health care bill, unions are pushing mightily to have that tax dropped from the legislation. Or at the very least, they want the price threshold raised so that the tax would affect fewer workers.
Unions are among the biggest pushers of ObamaCare. If they want it they should be willing to pay for it.