Opposition to ObamaCare isn’t just for Republicans any more, it seems. After five years of lockstep orthodoxy on the brilliance of the Affordable Care Act, the Democrats’ leading contender for the nomination to replace Barack Obama will pledge to repeal one of its main components — the Cadillac tax on high-coverage health insurance plans. The New York Times got the tip from a leader in one key constituency that Hillary Clinton angered last week, and needs to mollify now:
Hillary Rodham Clinton will in the coming days speak out against the so-called Cadillac tax on certain health care plans, a move that is part of a series of reforms she’s suggesting for the Affordable Care Act, according to a union official briefed on her plans.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aides informed Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, of her intentions in the last few days, according to a senior official with the labor group. The union made an early endorsement of Mrs. Clinton in July.
Many of the union’s members would be affected by the Cadillac tax, which imposes taxes on pricey employer-based coverage plans whose premiums exceed $10,200 a year for individuals and $27,500 for families. The tax is imposed on employers, who can avoid it by reducing benefits to their workers. Its purpose is to help rein in health care costs over all.