The White House was playing both sides of the fence.Their strategy was and is to appease all parties and try and get through the 2014 elections with as few casualties as possible.The empty promise that was made when Obamacare was being discussed before its passage was “don’t worry, if there are problems, we will get them fixed”.Now with the reality of what Obamacare really means, the unions feel that they have been duped, mis-lead and lied to.
Now, in retaliation, the unions are threatening to pull support for Democrat candidates in the 2014 mid-terms.They know how much influence they wield and the anger growing among their members can possibly be used as a bargaining chip. Donald Taylor, president of Unite Here says when asking members to support Democrats; “You just can’t order people to do stuff.If their health plan gets wrecked, why would they then go campaign for the folks responsible for wrecking their health care?”
The Laborers’ International Union is beginning to warm up to some Republican candidates like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whom they supported for re-election.It seems unlikely that the unions will switch loyalties and support the Republican Party, but it is possible that they will lose enthusiasm for the Democrat candidates and make lackluster attempts to get them elected.
As the election nears the Obama administration and the Democrat party will re-evaluate their position and it is very possible that we will see a sweetheart deal that appeases the unions.