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So Called Cadillac Plans

AARP, AFL-CIO Boost House Health Plan That Taxes Rich, Not Middle Class

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The centrist lobbying powerhouse for the elderly, the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), is scheduled to endorse the House health care bill despite its possibly flawed public option.

Taxing High-Cost Health Plans: Voodoo Economics for the Punditocracy?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

In the eyes of most editorial pages and policy wonks, taxing working families' benefits somehow makes more sense than taxing the rich. Has this become the "voodoo economics" of so-called pragmatic moderates and administration economists?

AFL-CIO's Trumka Reminds Dems: No "Reform for Reform's Sake" on Health Care

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

On November 5, the AFL-CIO will promote a labor-wide "Day of Action," to lobby Congress through organizing and leafleting in the workplace.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

Health Care's Next Big Fight: Tax the Rich or Slam Workers?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Neither the House nor Senate versions of the health care bill could offer the extensive, affordable coverage that reformers are hoping for or that Democrats have been promoting.