“We are disappointed that the nonprofit health plans offered by unions have not been given the same consideration as the Catholic Church, big business and Capitol Hill staffers,” Unite Here President D. Taylor told The Hill.…Unite Here was the first national union to endorse Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary, but Taylor warned there could be a backlash if the administration doesn’t meet their concerns…..“The administration has found resolutions for a whole variety of issues, and the fact that their biggest supporters will be put at the mercy of the for-profit insurance industry will leave a very bad, bad taste,” Taylor said. “You can’t blame the Republicans on this one. This is a Democratic bill through and through.”
Obama is experiencing one of the many side-effects of cobbling together a coalition based on special interests. Back-room deals may ultimately allow a president to get a big bill like the ACA passed, but the coalition is inclined to unravel over time as circumstances pit the various factions against each other in a rush to secure special treatment. A health care reform with bipartisan support might be better able to resist special interests. But when you go it alone, as the Democrats did on Obamacare, you’re left more vulnerable to factions that might eventually turn on you.