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