Why Hillary Reversed Course on the Cadillac Tax

"Support the Cadillac tax? You mean, like, with a pole?"

“Support the Cadillac tax? You mean, like, with a pole?”


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called for scrapping the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on pricey health care benefits.

In what amounts to a major break with the Obama administration, Clinton said the tax ought to be junked while promising to replace the estimated $91 billion hole that would blow in the government’s budget.

This one threw me for a loop, because ♡bamaCare!!!’s “Cadillac tax” isn’t widely understood by the public and won’t go into effect until well after the election. Even then, it’s a vise cranking down gradually on private insurance, rather than being implemented suddenly and painfully. (Hand it to the Democrats; they know how to screw you slowly.)

But then I saw the Chaser:

Teamsters officials met behind closed doors today. The union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump.
James Rosen reported:

“Union executives told me they want to sit down with Republican candidates, most noatably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career.”

The Clinton Coalition loses its shock troops if Hillary loses union support, and unions hate the Cadillac tax, which is aimed like… well, it’s aimed like a punitive 40% surcharge on private insurance.

On the other hand, the Cadillac tax is beloved by the Progressive True Believers, who correctly see it as an effective maskirovka on the long march to single payer.

So it would appear that Clinton has decided she needs her union shock troops more than she needs her Progressive True Believers, and has quite suddenly pulled away from her previously unwavering support for ♡bamaCare!!! as the Totally Settled Law of the Land™.

Hillary is running scared.