Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) does a shocking thing and actually works on behalf of the members of a union organization (and not merely the leaders of a union):

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) is a firm “no” on health care reform — in large measure because he opposes the idea of any kind of excise tax on Cadillac plans, even one that’s delayed for years and years.

That’s put Lynch a former ironworkers union official in Boston at odds with many union biggies, who are swallowing hard and accepting a proposed House-Senate compromise.

Lynch — who voted for the tax-less House bill last year — has become a serious target of his union buddies, enduring pickets at his district office, an AFL-CIO robocall blitz and at least one recent drop-in visit from a very influential old friend — Joseph J. Hunt, president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

Lynch is facing a lot of heat from party bigwigs on this, but it looks like he could keep to his convictions. If other stalwart Democrats like Lynch start abandoning this bill, it could be a sign that an increasing faction of the Democratic party has turned upon what it conceives of as a flawed process and poor policy.

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