Unions oppose Baucus healthcare bill
Twenty-seven U.S. labor unions warn that the healthcare bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee is deeply flawed and they want to see some changes — or else they will oppose it.
The coalition of major unions, who support healthcare reform, issued its warning in a full-page ad in Wednesday’s Washington Post.
“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 says.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus’ healthcare plan does not include a government-run “public” insurance option backed by President Barack Obama.
And Labor is not happy about that.
The labor organizations say in their ad that “a public health insurance plan option is essential to reform.”
The public option tops a list of what the labor groups say is their “bottom line for health care reform.” They also say healthcare can’t be paid for by a new tax on middle-class benefits and that employers have to pay a fair share of costs.
A measure passed earlier by the Senate Health panel does include a public insurance option — and the two bills will have to be merged. So there’s no telling what the final version is going to look like.
Photo credit: Hyungwon Kang (Baucus discusses the healthcare bill at a new conference in September)