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SEIU Disgruntled About ‘Buy In’ Removal

From The Hill:

Union pulls back on supporting bill

By Jeffrey Young – 12/16/09

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) backed out of an event with other organizations promoting the Senate healthcare reform bill Wednesday over concerns about changes made to the legislation to accommodate centrist Democrats.

The SEIU had planned to participate in a Capitol Hill press conference along with the AARP, the liberal advocacy group Families USA, Consumers Union and the American Cancer Society Action Network. As recently as Tuesday morning, the organizations distributed an advisory to the news media that included the SEIU.

But the move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to excise provisions of the healthcare reform bill to create a government-run public option health insurance program and to allow people between 55 and 64 years old to buy into Medicare gave the labor union pause, spokeswoman Lori Lodes said.

"That decision has to be made by our leaders and our members," Lodes said. The event with the AARP and the other groups was scheduled before Reid made changes to the bill.

The SEIU executive board will hold what Lodes described as an "emergency" meeting Wednesday night to decide how to move forward. "Right now, they don’t have the information they need to make this decision," said Lodes, who added that the SEIU informed the other organizations on Tuesday they would not be joining the press conference…

"We will not have an absolute decision coming," largely because Reid has not released the final language of the healthcare bill, she said.

Remember, we never heard about the ‘Medicare buy-in’ plan until a couple of days ago.

Now all of a sudden it is the sine qua non.

We’re not buying it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “SEIU Disgruntled About ‘Buy In’ Removal”

  1. vladtheimp says:

    “The SEIU had planned to participate in a Capitol Hill press conference along with the AARP, the liberal advocacy group Families USA, Consumers Union and the American Cancer Society Action Network.”

    It would have been better grammatical construction, and more accurate, to have said “The SEIU had planned to participate in a Capitol Hill press conference with other liberal advocacy groups including the AARP, Families USA, Consumers Union and the American Cancer Society Action Network.”

    The AARP has its withered, wrinkled, and bony hands into the taxpayers’ pockets for liberal causes, as do the others.

  2. proreason says:

    “we never heard about the ‘Medicare buy-in’ plan until a couple of days ago”

    But the Moron has been espousing it since at least 2003.

    Funny how the videos with him discussing it hadn’t surfaced until recently.

    Why, it’s almost as if the media either isn’t researching what the great man has been saying during his postage stamp career, or they are deliberately withholding information from us.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My god, Steve, everyone in that picture looks like they ate ugly for breakfast and are planning on gross and disgusting for lunch.

    They all think no one notices their underhandedness. It’s funny when stupid people think they’re slick.

    • proreason says:

      Your monitor must have a dead spot at the lower right Rusty. The lady down there might meet the Tiger Woods standard.


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