Skip to comments.Pay-to-Play Politics, the SEIU and Obamacare
Posted on 01/06/2009 5:26:50 AM PST by Kaslin
The Governor of Illinois, for all his well-documented faults, has performed at least one valuable public service. He has made it clear to the meanest intelligence that our new President-elect emerged from a hopelessly corrupt political culture. Barack Obama oozed from the same stinking Chicago swamp that produced Blagojevich, and a man whose formative years were spent wallowing in the muck with such creatures isn't likely to be long in White House before the stench of pay-to-play politics begins to pervade the place. That this has important implications for the future of health care in this country has already been demonstrated by a brazen episode of cronyism involving one of America's most prestigious health care institutions, the University of Chicago Medical Center.
It is no secret that, immediately following Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, UCMC created a new position called "Vice President for Community and External Affairs" and bestowed it-along with a lavish salary-upon Michelle Obama. It is less well known, however, that one of her husband's cronies subsequently received preferential treatment in a UCMC contract bidding process. Specifically, the medical center altered its normal procedure for soliciting contact proposals so that longtime Obama "friend" and political donor, Robert Blackwell, could submit a bid to upgrade UCMC's intranet. Naturally, officials of the medical center deny that the expanded process was in any way connected to Obama's influence, but Blackwell Consulting was awarded the $600,000 contract.
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The media slowly discovering that there’s corruption in high-level politics.... on BOTH sides of the fence.
The media, hardly, this is American Thinker, now if we saw this on MSNBC OR CNN, then I'd say YES.
You know we never will, the love affair with the "Crook" County Crook goes on!!!
Less than 1 percent of Americans have any idea about this. They think Obama is going to be transparent, lol.
SEIU wants help in unionizing the health care industry. And a clear sign that Obama intends to provide that assistance can be found in his nomination of California Representative Hilda Solis, the hand-picked candidate of SEIU President Andy Stern, for U.S. Secretary of Labor. Solis made her priorities clear during the press conference at which her nomination was announced: "As secretary of Labor, I'll work to strengthen our unions ..." And a key strategy in "strengthening" unions will be an aggressive program to organize health care workers. Indeed, she has a track record of doing just that. As it was phrased in the gleeful news release from SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, "She has stood alongside healthcare workers as they fought to form unions in their hospitals."
Having a Secretary of Labor in the pocket of the SEIU is only part of the overall strategy to unionize health care,
SEIU has a virtual lock on non-medical hospital jobs here in California. You can't get a job as a clerk or a janitor without being a member.
Here’s a link to an article about the SEIU in WA State.
I was thinking about the SEIU involvement in the Washington State politics and the similarity to things going on in Michigan; sure enough, when googled Minnesota/SEIU, I found that they were very active in Franken’s campaign.