ABC Criticizes White House Health Care Deal with Special Interest

January 15, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr today issued the following statement in reaction to a deal the White House made Jan. 14 behind closed doors with union leaders to exempt some of their members from a tax on their high-cost insurance coverage, or “Cadillac” plans, until 2018. This type of health insurance often has low deductibles and excellent benefits that cover even the most expensive treatments.

In exchange, big labor agreed to soften their opposition and support whatever health care legislation is produced by the White House, Senate and House Democrats.

“This health care bill is full of pay offs to politicians – and now special interest groups – and continues to be a blatant assault on small businesses,” said Burr.

“If this president and the Congress are serious about reforming the health care system, they should soundly reject any special interest provisions in this legislation that add up to a political payoff,” said Burr.
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