By Gary Fouse
"Listen, Harry. About that Cadillac Tax...."
"Don't worry about it."
Another smoke-filled backroom deal for the Democrats on health care. You saw it all on C-SPAN, right?
Well, the union boys saw it because they were there. So now the Democrats have moved a step closer to their goal by exempting union members from the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-value health insurance plans. Non-union members? Sorry. You're going to be stuck with it.
You see, this health care bill is so great, they have to make deals with key voting members and constituent groups to exempt them from the provisions that are so great. That's how Ben Nelson agreed to vote with the boys to push the bill along. He got an exemption for Nebraska from the Medicaid costs. In other words, the other 49 states will have to pay more to cover Nebraska's share. In this latest outrage, the unions get a break from another one of the onerous provisions. That's how the Democrats keep the unions on board. Now rest assured the unions will support the health care bill.And how!
"Whadda'ya mean youse don't support the health care bill?"
But hey! It's all very transparent, you see. All on the uppity-up. Strictly legit. In fact, it's on C-SPAN just like President Obama promised us over and over and over. You Sir! You saw it on C-SPAN, didn't you?
"Yeh, I did."