Union members care an awful lot about their healthcare plans. It’s one of the main reasons unions exist.
Knowing this, is it really surprising to learn that some union members are not fans of the idea of Medicare for all?
Bernie Sanders recently found this out in Las Vegas.
FOX News reports:
Bernie Sanders heckled by Las Vegas union members over Medicare-for-All
Bernie Sanders faced pushback from union members in Las Vegas on Tuesday over how the Democratic presidential candidate would fund a government-subsidized health care plan that would force union members to forfeit the benefits they’ve spent years bargaining for.
The 77-year-old independent U.S. senator from Vermont addressed a town hall meeting hosted by Culinary Union Local 226 and its parent union, Unite Here. Though union members in the crowd were widely supportive of Sanders – shouting “Bernie! Bernie!” as he wheeled out his stance on immigration, criminal justice and climate change – a group of about 12 people began to heckle the senator when he came to health care, according to the Washington Examiner.
“We have, in this country, a dysfunctional, broken and cruel health care system,” Sanders told the audience, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “We spend twice as much per person on health care as do the people of any other country.”
Elodia Muñoz — one of 550 Culinary members to strike against the Frontier hotel for more than six years between 1991 and 1998 – questioned why she should vote for a candidate who supports Medicare-for-All after all her effort, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Under the government plan, all Americans, including union members, would lose private insurance plans.
During Sanders’ response, the crowd began to chant: “Union health care! Union health care!” One man also shouted: “How are you gonna pay for it?”
This makes perfect sense when you think about it.
Medicare for all is not for American workers. Unfortunately, Bernie still will not see that, and I'm sure he'll continue to campaign on it, and ruin his candidacy even more.
— Aaron Farris (@AaronFarrisMN) December 12, 2019
Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren were well-received by union members. But both were asked Qs about how they could maintain their culinary union healthcare.
Warren sidestepped the Q.
Sanders tried to explain, but was heckled by some who started cheering “union healthcare.”
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) December 11, 2019
That is not a good sign for Bernie.