It has become obvious that the SEIU has a major interest in the healthcare legislation. Although the SEIU is a major player in the public union market, it is also one of the largest unions in the private sector. Furthermore, the largest share of its private sector members are healthcare employees: nurses, hospital staff, janitors, and home healthcare workers. Is it any wonder then that President Obama’s primary piece of legislation was Obamacare? As Andy Stern, SEIU’s President at the time, was reportedly in the White House at least 22 times in the first year of Obama’s Presidency, while the main priority was passing Obamacare.
Andy Stern’s 2008 Presidential Election demand of potential presidential candidates to create universal healthcare was discussed at length! The paragraph below, from Chapter 5 in The Devil at Our Doorstep, provides the definitive basis for Obama’s healthcare initiative priority.
Although Greenhouse suggested that Stern had “a reputation as divisive” because he “orchestrated a split with the AFL-CIO in 2005 that some analysts say has set back labor’s efforts to keep a strong voice in politics,” the reporter believed Stern’s “focus on politics” caused politicians to “court the SEIU endorsement aggressively.” An indication of Stern’s power, Greenhouse wrote, was the Democratic candidates whipping out plans for universal health care immediately after the union leader swore that the union would never endorse a candidate who didn’t have one, in addition to his demand that the candidates spend a “day in the shoes of a worker.” Like clockwork, Greenhouse reported, Senators John Edwards, Barak Obama, and Hillary Clinton did so—no wonder, as SEIU had raised $40 million for its political action committee in 2006 and had earmarked another $30 million for use in 2008. The money, the article suggested, was not only to be used in the presidential election but in state and local elections as well. “They are seen as huge players,” Edwards’ campaign manager stated. He was right, as Stern had said more than 100,000 volunteers could hit the streets in support of the candidates of choice. With this in mind, in a veiled or perhaps not-so-veiled threat, Greenhouse quoted Stern as saying, “We appreciate accountability. We just can’t elect people and walk away and think it’s going to work out.”
Flashback to this past week and the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, not on the basis of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause, but rather under Congress’ taxing authority. It is possible that the Chief Justice knows something others were not aware of that may be a political catalyst to defeat Obama in November 2012? There is a little known or discussed provision of the Affordable Care Act may provide the smoking gun to prove fraud and coercion by the president and the SEIU.
In January of 2014 healthcare insurers will be required to pay a fee (tax) to finance Obamacare. This fee will amount to approximately $8 Billion, which is roughly 75% of the profits of all healthcare insurers combined (see p.4 of Memo regarding new health insurer annual fee (00129900)). Where are healthcare insurers going to find the funds to cover these fees? President Obama believes it is purely the redistribution of wealth, and that health care insurers will have to settle for less pay for their executives and less profit! The truth is the healthcare insurers will pass the huge fee on to its customers in the form of astronomical premium increases, which even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected. So, instead of redistributing the wealth, the President has simply placed an inexplicable burden on the lower and middle class Americans that he claims to protect.
In order to understand the traitorous acts foisted upon the American people by this president one need only consider his past associations and commitment to the socialist agenda (Communism at the Highest Levels?, Obama and the SEIU Sittin in a Tree and Be Afraid America. Be Very Afraid!). Keeping this agenda in mind it comes as no surprise to find a provision that favors certain healthcare insurers buried deep within the Affordable Care Act Bill, under the guise of charity! Healthcare insurers set up as 501(c)(3) organizations are allowed to reduce their healthcare fees by reducing all annual premiums collected by 50%, before calculating their fee due to the government, beginning in January 2014 (see page 6 of PPACA Imposes New Annual Fee on Certain Health Insurers). This is not because the President favors one big business over another; it is simply a form of pay back to his Big Labor buddies.
In SEIU Exposed, the SEIU’s forced unionism of Kaiser healthcare employees was brought to light. The SEIU has reportedly some 44,000 members who work for Kaiser. Additionally it has been reported by SEIU members that Kaiser negotiates sweet heart contracts that benefit Kaiser and the SEIU, not the employees. Here we have President Obama, the SEIU, Kaiser and Kaiser’s employees, who are SEIU members. Kaiser, a 501(c)(3), will benefit from the reduction in fees, and the SEIU would likewise benefit, due to the stable paying membership and sweetheart deals with Kaiser, and a membership that is likely to grow with Kaiser’s economic advantage over its competitors. The redistribution of wealth from the American people, passing through Kaiser, to the SEIU (an organization dedicated to reshaping America into a socialist state), which was part of the President’s underlying agenda all along.
As we celebrate our freedoms as Americans this Independence Day, July 4, 2012, we must remember the famous quote by President Gerald Ford, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
David A. Bego is the President and CEO of EMS, an industry leader in the field of environmental workplace maintenance, employing nearly 5000 workers in thirty-three states. Bego is the author of “The Devil at My Doorstep,” as well as the just released sequel, “The Devil at Our Doorstep,” based on his experiences fighting back against one of the most powerful unions in existence today.