Back in September, Hollywood celebrities made a web ad mocking greedy insurance executives as part of a pitch for a government takeover of the health care system. But as it turns out, their commitment to reform has its limits. Variety reports:
The presidents of SAG, the WGA and the Hollywood Teamsters have asked Congress to back off a proposed tax that would hit the “Cadillac” health plans that cover members of their unions….
“We applaud your efforts to expand affordable health care coverage to more Americans and to reform the health insurance industry,” the letter from the guild toppers said. “However, we are deeply troubled by the provisions of the bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee that would levy a new tax against so-called ‘Cadillac plans.’ The individual unions and guilds of the entertainment industry have struggled and sacrificed for decades to negotiate and defend their own Taft-Hartley health insurance plans.”
So in other words, Hollywood actors and writers are perfectly okay with a national health care scheme that would tax middle-class Americans who don’t purchase a govenment- approved insurance policy. But once the tax affects their precious “Cadillac” plans, it’s a bridge too far.
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