(CNN) – More than two dozen of the nation's largest labor unions, a coalition that has previously been among the president's most solid bases of support, are taking out full page newspaper ads Wednesday to register their disapproval with the health care reform bill that has formally cleared the Senate Finance Committee.
Only hours after President Obama hailed the committee's passage of the measure as a "critical milestone," the union groups - which include the AFL-CIO and AFSCME - condemn the plan for lacking a public option and imposing stiff penalties on Americans who choose not get health insurance.
The unions also say employers should be required to pay a higher share of health insurance costs and that health care should not be financed by taxes on the most comprehensive health care policies known as "Cadillac plans."
"Unless the bill that goes to the floor of the U.S. Senate makes substantial progress to address the concerns of working men and women, we will oppose it," the ad states.
The ads are running in the Washington Post along with other D.C.-based papers.
All around we lose as taxpayers, and employers.
Of course it is not as comprehensive as most of the American people want - after all, we are up against some of the most powerful lobbying groups on the planet.
Let's do the best we can - but get something passed! Improve on it as we go forward. But we have to get reasonable cost health insurance coverage without penalties for pre-existing conditions for as many people as we can right now. All of us know people who are being screwed by this current system, and they need as much help as possible right now.
To President Obama: Its time to get tough! DEMAND that any health bill MUST INCLUDE A PUBLIC OPTION! Also, include this – Anyone who chooses to forgo getting health insurance must sign a waiver stating that if they become ill they knowingly agree to receive any alternative, homeopathic, supplemental, M.D. treatment or pharmaceuticals AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. That should do it.
how did they get the opportunity to read it? it still isnt available to the public
It is hard for me to comprehend as a middle class American, now retired, how I and others of the middle class can possibly pay for this out of pocket without going bankrupt. There is no "cushion" for people like us, who have worked all their lives only to find out this excessive spending is going to take us down as a nation.
If we do not get new spending under control, the Congress will be guilty for the loss of millions of lives, the disruption of the lives of those who have believed in the system and are now being "Ponzi'ed" and penalized by their own government, because they are unable to afford a health insurance stuffed down our throats... no money for anything because of otopian idealogs.
WHAT is hapopening to this nation. This all sounds unconstitutional. It is not part of the social contract envisioned by the founding fathers.
From what I have read on this bill it is nothing more then a windfall for the health insurance companies. Did anyone notice their stocks all went up yesterday.. OK now it's time to add some teeth to the bill mainly a Public Option and No we won't back down on this.