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SEIU’s Stern: ‘There Is No Reset Button’

From the CPUSA’s Peoples World (formerly known as The Daily Worker):

Labor movement pressing for action on health reform

by: John Wojcik
January 21 2010

Some in Congress are displaying confusion or timidity on the prospects for health care reform in the wake of this week’s Massachusetts Senate election. But labor movement leaders see a clear and rapid path forward to cementing reform into law.

Both houses of Congress have passed significant health care reform measures. Some unions are saying the House should pass the bill already approved by the Senate and, through a parallel process, move forward with the Senate to make changes through any means available, whether through reconciliation or other pieces of legislation.

The new 59-41 Democratic majority in the Senate, one vote smaller than the majority that existed before the GOP victory in Massachusetts, should not be any type of game changer in finishing the health care reform effort, labor leaders say.

SEIU President Andy Stern said, "There is no turning back, no running away, no reset button."

Labor’s push to move full speed ahead on health care reform comes as some lawmakers in both parties are trying to use the Scott Brown victory to say that health care reform bills already passed by both houses of Congress should be scratched altogether with a new "bipartisan" piecemeal approach that begins with what "everyone can agree upon."

The AFL-CIO is calling this approach a cave-in to the insurance companies and noted today that as a result of the Brown victory the prices of insurance company stock on Wall Street are already soaring.

The International Labor Communications Association sent a communiqué to unions and pro-labor organizations all over the country this morning reminding them that it would be a defeat to have to start the battle for health care reform all over again. "The House can decide to pass the Senate’s bill unchanged or begin again in committees through a reconciliation process but the main thing is that this is no time to let up," the statement read.

Only a week ago the AFL-CIO had announced that after negotiations at the White House and with congressional leaders, the labor movement had commitments for major improvements in the Senate version of health care reform. Those included better cost controls, guarantees that everyone would end up with health care plans as good or better than the ones they now have, more choice of doctors and plans, a greater government "watchdog role," more employer responsibility and a means of eventual re-opening of the public option issue.

These improvements, the federation is now saying, can be achieved with the House and Senate acting together

Funny how the CPUSA fails to mention that the real deal made gave the unions an exemption from the 40% tax on their ‘Cadillac’ health insurance plans.

Stalin would be proud.

The labor movement is also making it clear that it does not intend to allow the Massachusetts election results to dampen its electoral efforts in the coming 2010 legislative contests.

"Confusion about the Democrats’ health care bill and anxiety about the economy cost the Dems their 60th vote," said Karen Ackerman, the AFL-CIO’s political director.

Describing Democrat Martha Coakley’s campaign Ackerman said, "She did not make the case to working people and they were not convinced that she cared enough about their issues." Ackerman said that when there is a strong pro-worker candidate who makes the case, a labor-backed effort to get out the vote and help insure victory is almost always successful. For 2010, she said, "labor plans its biggest election effort ever."

The labor unions and the rest of the communists are going to redouble their efforts.

They simply don’t care whether the vast majority of Americans are opposed to their agenda.

They will get what they want one way or the other.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “SEIU’s Stern: ‘There Is No Reset Button’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    There’s only one way to get rid of roaches

  2. tanstaafl says:

    Andy Stern strikes me as a cross between a roach and a snake in the grass.

    (no offense to roaches & snakes)

    The Rathkes & the entire ACORN organization are not far behind.

    Seems like such kinds of folks are this President’s best friends.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    There are no reconciling fundamental differences. They know what they believe, and they believe in it just as much as we believe in the Truth.

    I’m not 100% sure yet, but I think their out-of-control base is too virulent and angry to let the party move back to the center this time. The Democrat House has a major roach and termite problem which the American people are going to end up cleaning for them if they don’t take the whole house down first.

    • proreason says:

      The next few weeks will be telling, tn.

      I hope you are correct and that they can’t resist the urge to go ballistic and redouble their efforts to cram their fascism down our throats and punish us for whatever it is they think we have done to them.

      But I think the string-pullers are a lot smarter than the beasty boys, and that we are going to see a very sharp pull-back that will work to allow the to retain their majorities in November.

      I’m not the only one who thinks that Brown’s victory was a bit too soon. There are a few voices out there saying the same thing, including Huckabee yesterday (who should have been smarter than to say it in public.l).

  4. proreason says:

    I think Stern is setting himself up to be a sacrificial lamb that the Moron can skewer to trick the public into thinking the little boy king has become a centrist.

    Stay tuned.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Agreed on both your comments. Staying the course for them is suicide, and while the ideologues are ready for Gaia the shadow elite never works that way. They live to fight another day.

      I think Stern is setting himself up to be a sacrificial lamb that the Moron can skewer to trick the public into thinking the little boy king has become a centrist.

      Yep. That strategy would be lock-step with this op/ed in Bloomberg that Goldman-Sachs go under the knife (they know they’re in trouble too) to lead the way for the breakup of the other major banks. Very deceptive. ACORN is pulling similar stunts.

    • proreason says:

      I’m interested to see where the war on banks goes, particularly because I partially agree with the Marxists on this one, I think. I want to see all the arguments.

      The part I agree with is that it seems to me that the Glass Steagel Act was effective. I view the repeal as part of the problem that resulted in the 2008 meltdown. And I know that is opposed to conventional conservative principles, but I now view that act in the same light as rules that prevent monopolies (which some think are unnecessary as well).

      Initially, I blamed the 2008 meltdown entirely on government, mostly due to the Community Reinvestment Act exacerbated by artificially low interest rates in the early 2000’s.

      But I’ve since been convinced that the financial industry is also to blame, and that the lowering of the firewall among different types of financial institutions allowed their native greed to go hog-wild, and was a big problem.

      I don’t want to destroy the industry, but I am in favor of simply reinstituting Glass Steagel. At least, pending people who know more about it persauding me otherwise.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Absolutely. I’ll admit that I still don’t understand a lot of the complexities myself. Yet given the history we have with this problem and it being the precursor to near-state takeovers of our nation it’s imperative that we figure out how we can prevent bad people from getting these types of advantages and that level of control.

      Part of me says it’s always been the secret objective of these groups to expose “the dark side of capitalism” by living it – with the desire having always been to run themselves and the system into the ground in the end. It certainly seems to correspond with that marxist idea of “revolution through financial exploitation.”

      Obviously we’re talking about more culpability than just Goldman Sachs too. It’s just this has been a huge scheme to expose the strong private banks and insurers to crushing regulators. Wells Fargo, Farmers, etc. That’s what scares me.

      (Sorry this is a bit offtopic, I’m sure we’ll discuss more as it heats up)

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