December 13th National Call-In Day to Congress: No Tax on Workers Healthcare Benefits



This Wednesday, January 13th, is a national day of action for health care reform. We must keep on fighting; we can still win strong reforms.
We are standing strong for our priorities for real reform and we must have insurance industry accountability and real affordability for American families in the final bill. Please join us at two important actions on Wednesday –

Affordable coverage must be a priority in merging the House and Senate Reform Bills. It’s what the American people want.

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International Association of Machinists (IAM) Opposes Tax on Healthcare Benefits

Machinists Union Leaders Vote to Oppose Health Benefits Tax

Mon. January 11, 2010


Washington, D.C., January 11, 2010 – The Executive Council of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has voted unanimously to oppose any health care reform legislation that is funded by taxing the value of workers’ existing health care benefits.

“For decades, IAM members exchanged substantial wage increases for the best possible health insurance,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “Now, in a bizarre turn of events, their insurance premiums will be subject to a forty percent excise tax if the Senate version of health care reform becomes law. Democratic leaders have the power to stop this travesty and I urge them to do so, quickly and completely.”

“IAM members are rightfully outraged over the bait and switch tactics at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue,” said Buffenbarger. “They were promised health care reform. Now they face health care deformed by backroom deals.”

No single issue brought more union members onto last year’s campaign trail than Republican threats to tax health care benefits, and the Democrats’ pledge to protect those benefits.

“Like NAFTA, the health care excise tax is an issue with the potential to reverberate for years,” said Buffenbarger. “Machinists have long memories. And they will long remember who taxed their benefits after pledging on the campaign trail not to do so.”

The IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 700,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries. For more information about the IAM, visit

Pres. Obama Appoints Arch-criminal to “Investigate” US Intelligence Role in Christmas Airline Bombing Attempt

President Obama, the CIA and the Master of the Cover-Up

by: Melvin A. Goodman, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Monday 11 January 2010   

Former Deputy CIA Director John Edward McLaughlin

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: CIA)

The Obama administration quietly announced Friday the appointment of John McLaughlin, former deputy CIA director, to head the internal investigation of the intelligence failures that led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Delta airliner headed for Detroit as well as the events leading to the shootings at Fort Hood in November.

With this appointment, President Barack Obama has assured that the culture of intelligence cover-up will continue. McLaughlin has participated in and sought to cover-up many of the CIA’s most egregious failures and misdeeds of the past decade. When he left the CIA, he then served as the agency’s chief apologist.

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