AFL-CIO Chants 'Bullshit' to Baucus-Faucus Bill: Students Boo it too!

too funny.  I only wish there was video.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2 0601087&sid=aXLM9RK8Bb54

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Union leaders denounced a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health system introduced today by Senator Max Baucus, saying it fails to pressure insurance companies for savings and would tax health plans.

Delegates at the AFL-CIO's convention in Pittsburgh chanted "bullshit" in response to the plan from the Senate Finance Committee's chairman. They were led in the chant by Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

students boo it too! http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/59245-baucus-bill-booed-at-healthcare-rally
Baucus bill booed at Obama health rally By Sam Youngman - 09/17/09 12:52 PM ET President Obama's mention of Sen. Max Baucus's healthcare proposal drew boos Thursday at a healthcare rally at the University of Maryland. By contrast, the left-leaning crowd cheered Obama when he endorseed a public health insurance option, which is considered a core provision for liberal lawmakers but is absent from Baucus's (D-Mont.) proposal.

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'Bullshit'

So, the Baucus Bill is a DOA joke, as I predicted. Not the terrible, wek, incompetent, miserable failed end of the Democratic Party, as others had predicted. Who could have known?

Just about anyone.

by QTG 2009-09-17 09:37AM | 0 recs
reconciliation

by TarHeel 2009-09-17 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: 'Bullshit'

I wish I could say that the unions always call the shots in the end, but we'd probably already have EFCA if that were the case.

If you were at this particular union rally, would you have urged the participants to pipe down and quit their silly chanting since the Baucus bill is obviously DOA?

by Steve M 2009-09-17 11:03AM | 0 recs
Re: 'Bullshit'

I proudly carry a union card and pay dues, despite the fact that my union was busted 20 years ago by Pappy Bush. I wouldn't ever presume to tell a Union member what to do or say. The very fact of their Union status tells me they are plenty smart enough to decide for themselves how to act and what to say.

The Baucus Bill was never going to be a real threat. The delay it caused is an inconvenience, but given the time we've waited for changes in America's Health systems, it's a minor one at that. Raise Hell? Damn right!, but raising continuous alarms on this Blog about a a train wreck that won't happen? Amateur theatrics that should be ridiculed at every opportunity, imo.

by QTG 2009-09-17 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: 'Bullshit'

Well, that's simply a dodge.

by Steve M 2009-09-17 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: 'Bullshit'

No dodge. If you read it carefully, you'll see that my answer to your silly question was "No"

Are you a Union member? Don't dodge, now.

by QTG 2009-09-17 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: 'Bullshit'

I don't think I'm going out on a limb here by saying EVERYONE thinks the Baucus bill is a bad idea.  The only people in favor of it are people who have been bribed by the health insurance industry.  It's a horrible, horrible bill.

My thinking so far has been along the lines of "Max Baucus probably does not have the country's best interests in mind here, but what are you going to do?  He chairs the finance committee.  What can anyone do?"  That's changed since his bill has come out - it's so awful that he's kind of hamstrung himself, I think.

by Jess81 2009-09-17 01:36PM | 0 recs

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