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Palin Loves Union Health Care. What About Unions? /

by Tula Connell, Oct 2, 2008

Life was hard for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd as they eked out a living when they first entered the workforce. That is, until at least one of them landed a union job that ensured theyd have health care coverage they could afford.

Yep. The Republican vice presidential nominee, whose running mate, Sen. John McCain, has indicated in multiple Senate votes how much he despises unionization, not only has benefited from the good wages and benefits of union membership, shes talking about it publicly. From Jonathan Martin at Politico:

Weve gone through periods of our life here with paying out of pocket for health coverage until Todd and I both landed a couple of good union jobs, Palin explained to conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt. Early on in our marriage, we didnt have health insurance, and we had to either make the choice of paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick.

Not the best timing for the veep wannabe. This week, we at the AFL-CIO are launching another in our series of political mailings to union membersand this one describes McCains plans to tax workers employer-based health care that could put 158 million of us at risk of losing our coverage.

McCain says his plan would include a tax credit for purchasing health coverage from private insurersbut doesnt say the credit isnt sufficient to cover the cost of the average health plan, and it wont keep up with rising costs.

Further, the McScheme would:

* Deny Coverage. McCain would allow insurance companies to deny
coverage based on pre-existing conditions. The McCain plan also would put important medical procedures, like cancer screenings, at risk by allowing insurance companies to avoid state coverage requirements.

* Destroy Medicare. McCain wants to privatize Medicarejust like the plan hes proposed for Social Security. In Congress, he voted for steep increases in Medicare premiums and tried to cut billions from the Medicare budget.

As UAW member Dave Fecke states on the mailer:

McCain practically had free health care his whole life. He doesnt understand how hard it would be for my family to pay more.

FULL story at link.

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