Any in-play Democrats playing hard-to-get on health care reform won't have a restful weekend. The unions with AFL-CIO and Change to Win--the two largest labor federations in the country--are letting them know, one-by-one, that their vote for the bill is expected tomorrow, notwithstanding any remaining doubts. Yesterday, AFL put Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY) on notice that there will be a price to pay for opposing reform. Today, it's Rep. Stephen Lynch's (D-MA) turn.
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Congressman, we will not be able to explain to the working women and men of our union
why you voted against their interests," reads a letter from AFL to Lynch, dated this morning. "We have stood together time and time again and you have made an enormous difference in the lives of our members. It takes courage to make history. We know that you have always had the courage to do the right thing - national health reform is the right thing for Massachusetts families."
You can read the entire letter below the fold. Lynch has been trashing the health care reform bill for days, despite the fact that President Obama has personally asked him to support the legislation.