January 14th, 2010
06:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Union leaders: Deal reached on taxing 'Cadillac' health care plans

Washington (CNN) - Union leaders, the White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to limit the reach of a tax on high-end health insurance plans that would help pay for a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health care system, union leaders involved in the talks said Thursday.

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  1. Jimmy James

    More deals making the cost of this bill go up. He will consider Union input but ignores republicans and then says they don't want to help. This bill is a mess and will raise healthcare costs, taxes, and break numerous promises he made. Broken promises seem to be the only thing he is capable of. His teleprompter can't help him now.

    January 14, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. ib

    Another payback for Obama's buddies while those who don't belong to unions will be forced to pay the added tax. How's that making healthcare cheaper?????

    January 14, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Obama mama

    Problem is that the Cadillac plans pull money from the union government employees (already being paid by taxpayers) and auto and other unions–that are already forcing their companies out of business. All costs are passed on to consumers. SEIU needs to be investigated for fraud and corruptions, not invited into the white house....

    Obama promised not to tax the middle class. Well, he lied again.

    January 14, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Tina

    Good for Union leaders. What about if the Whitehouse open the talks to Americans that didn't like the health care bill especially tax increasees? I doubt Obama and his Democrats hypocits would listen nor even open the gate to WH.

    January 14, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Another bribe.

    January 14, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Mike

    Cadillac health plans? I hope that includes the one that Congress enjoys. Only when you start hitting them in THEIR wallets will they finally get the clue. Then again they will probably NEVER get a clue. The lowest ratings of any Congress in history (probably) and they still think they know what's best for this country.
    This country DOES NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING that comes out of this mindless congress.

    January 14, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. mjm

    Oh thank god! I was so worried that the union special interests were being ignored....close call.

    Good to see that the lobbyist for the unions were able to lobby a deal from the anti-lobbyist administration.

    Unions are involve in the talks, yet C-Span and the Republicans are locked out.......love it.

    January 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Sue

    i hope 'Barry' is giving up HIS health benefits – he surely is taking away from the middle/upper – WELL, USED TO BE TIL HE GOT HERE, and HE darn well better be giving up HIS Health Care, FREE, PAID FOR, benefits!!!!!

    January 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Biased

    Lousianna cost taxpayers 300,000.
    Nebraska and Nelson cost untold millions to every taxpayer but Nebraska
    Sanders and Vermont are charging into the billions aren't they for new health care centers.

    So how much are the unelected, unappointed officials in the unions who now have been given a seat at the bargaining table in the White House, no less, charging everyone now?

    January 14, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Adam

    Well, what are the limits? My guess is union health plans won't be affected so that the rat Dems don't lose their campaign contributions.

    January 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Flipper

    Great! More political payback for Obama supporters who donated millions to his election. The average American gets screwed once again.

    January 14, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. liberal wingnut

    "Cadillac" benefits is the only reason GM went bankrupt in the first place. Now Obama gave the unions an unfair free pass on their premium health coverage. WHAT A JOKE!

    January 14, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Roger

    Those who were suckered by Obama's promises of a different apporach to politics should sit up and take notice. Negotiating with union leaders on the health care bill? What about not catering to special interests? Closing Republicans out of the negotiations surrounding merging the House and Senate bills? What about bi-partisanship? Obama is worse than any modern day president at playing the same old political games – catering to those whose votes put him in office. The independent voters have to be smart enough to limit this guy to one term.

    January 14, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. LD

    When were unions elected to public office by all americans? I can't believe this administration is doing this to our nation. All the campaign promises were lies. What happened to the promise of having a transparent administration, wait I know what it is "transparent lies".

    January 14, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Oh yeah, I can believe the Union "leaders" (read: pimps!) just decided to be good patriots and suck it up...NOT! Their palms were probably dripping with "grease" when they slithered out of this meeting! BTW, the Unions aren't elected leaders of our government so why are they getting to participate in creating this law?

    January 14, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Brian from NJ

    A bit of history for all you who say the Republicans never wanted to reform healthcare.

    The closest any President ever came to reforming healthcare before Obama was Nixon. He and Ted Kennedy were on the verge of passing universal healthcare reform until the unions killed it. They thought they could get a better deal from Ford after Nixon resigned because of Watergate.

    Now the greedy unions are all but extorting the current Congress and the rest of us are once again going to have to pony up for the Democrat's payback to the unions... just how many more "kickbacks" or "payoffs" is this bill going to cost us before they vote on it? Was being handed part ownership of two major auto makers not enough?

    January 14, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    My, that was a quick $60 billion nod to the unions!

    It doesn't sound like much anymore, but imagine this...NASA's annual budget is less than $20 billion. Not like I'm saying now to go spend more on space exploration, but just offering some perspective on what the Obama Administration just handed out to the unions today.

    I know one group that will probably vote for their Democratic congressmen this year! Those are some expensive votes America just bought for the Dems, but it's only borrowed money!

    January 14, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. terry,va

    Another special interest bribe to the Union. No taxes to the Union members on the health care bill until 2018. What do you want to bet that will be extended? Unions comprise less than 12% of our population but control Obummie's administration. When are the rest of the people going to complain?

    January 14, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. MJ

    Another "deal". Who would be surprised with this. Let the Unions off the hook and let everyone else pay for their Cadillac Benefits. When is this going to stop??? This is not HEALTH CARE REFORM!!!

    January 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Stortz

    I make less than $85,000 a year, WAY LESS than the $200,000 as an individual that Candidate Barak Obama promised to never see an increase in their tax burden.

    Yet now, President Barak Obama, Democrat “leaders”, with a push from Big Union are willing to allow me to have my healthcare policy be taxed… at %40? You must be joking! I can’t afford that and will now be forced to not accept my employer sponsored insurance plans because I can’t afford the Gov. New Tax on the WORKING CLASS!
    If THIS is “CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN” … YOU can keep it, and I’ll drop my Democrat Status!
    Remember Bush 41?
    “Read My Lips…”

    January 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. annie against biased news

    Now the rest of us poor fools will have to make up the difference. Suppose all those idiot union slobs are packed and headed to MA to make another corrupt election. These unions should be disbanned!

    January 14, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wait, union health plans get a better deal than the rest of us? This is obscene. This bill must fail. MA must elect Brown to be the 41st vote for reason in the Senate. Obama and Dems, nothing but pandering VERMIN!!!

    January 14, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |

    OUTRAGEOUS!!! This is exactly what Obama promised he would eliminate if elected – no closed door secret deal with lobbyists for the health care bill.

    "C-SPAN * TRANSPARENCY * C-SPAN * TRANSPARENCY * C-SPAN * TRANSPARENCY" What a complete joke! He has now PERSONALLY overseen a closed door dirty sweetheart deal to union thugs for the health care bill. The joke will be on him in Novembers 2010 and 2012.

    January 14, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Jenn, Philadelphia

    How does the government intend to make up the difference in how much the bill costs with how much they get from taxes now? Or what provisions come out of the bill as "too costly"? Now that the democrats have appeased the unions, lawyers and big pharmaceuticals, who's next? And when it will be the American taxpayers turn? I propose a movement that all taxpayers should declare the 535 members of Congress as dependents when we file taxes this year.

    January 14, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Steve-Illinois

    This group will do anything to pass any bill that ia titled "Health Care Reform." Doesn't matter what's in it, or if it truly reforms anything. Unions make up something like 8% of the non-government employed work force. Mr. "I won't tax the middle class" has made deals with everyone BUT the middle class! Now he's going to tax the banks to get the bail out money back. Who do you suppose will pay for that? Could it be the banks working class customers? You really do have to appreciate how "health care reform" turned into a deal to hand the big evil insurance companies an additional 15 million paying customers who are forced to buy insurance by the very government that's doing the reforming! Yep, only in America can people cheer for something while being told it will save them money, when even the smallest bit of common sense would easily convince them otherwise.

    January 14, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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