MALLORY FACTOR_ CAPITAL FLOWS : FORBES September 10, 2012 (page 30)
“ONE OF THE GREAT mysteries of modern politics was the high level of union support for ObamaCare. Government unions spent tens of millions and used enormous political capital to pass it, yet universal health care should not be a core issue for unions because most of their members have more than adequate health care coverage. So why the overwhelming support?
Many commentators point to the concessions President Obama gave to the unions right before ObamaCare passed in Congress in March 2010. To solidifi’ labor support, Obama agreed to a seven-year moratorium on taxing the famed Cadillac health care plans that many union members receive-which increased the cost of ObamaCare by $120 billion. But this concession does not explain strong union support that existed before the President was even elected.
The real reason unions fell behind ObamaCare is that the law throws the door wide open for unionizing most of a 2l-million-member health care workforce. Right now only about one and a half million of America’s health care workers are unionized, less than 10% of the total. Many are self-employed or work in small offices and can’t be unionized under current law.
But the unions have several plans to overcome this hurdle, with the ultimate goal of unionizing every health care worker in America. The first plan is to drive more doctors, nurses and other health care workers to fold their private practices into large hospitals. Once employed by the hospitals, health care workers can be unionized as private hospital workers or as government employees if they work for government hospitals.”
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MALLORY FACTOR IS THE AUTHOR OF SHADOWBOSSES: GOVERNMENT UNIONS CONTROL AMERICA AND ROB TAXPAYERS BLIND.