Obamacare: Get Ready For 21 Million Unionized Health Care Workers

In a new book that is set for publication on Tuesday, Mallory Factor and Elizabeth Factor claim that Barack Obama's health care reform was, in part, an effort to unionize twenty-one million health care workers. Factor is a politics and government professor at the Citadel. The new book is titled Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.

The substance of the book is a December 9, 2008 memo from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the transition team of Obama-Biden.

According to the Daily Caller,

That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for “increasing the capacity of the health care workforce” as part of a larger health care reform initiative.

The SEIU and the Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Factor writes, later coordinated with other public-sector unions to spend “literally hundreds of millions of dollars promoting Obamacare.”

Factor, who is also a columnist for Forbes and the senior editor of money and politics for The Street.com, recounts emails from former federal Office of Labor-Management Standards staffer Don Loos, who is now the senior adviser to the president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

“It is clear that Big Labor is banking on the probability that all healthcare workers eventually become federal, state, and municipal healthcare employees,” Loos told Factor. He claims that this will make them eligible for involuntary unionization via public sector unions such as AFSCME and the SEIU.

“Obamacare is an SEIU and AFSCME membership ‘net,’” he continued, “designed to eventually capture 21 million forced-dues paying government workers.” New health care jobs created by Obamacare, he said, will eventually be filled by “federal, state, and municipal healthcare employees.”

There is no doubt that Obamacare will inflict costs beyond our comprehension and demand more government program services and eventually government health care workers. The DC goes on to write, "Factor writes in “Shadowbosses” that Canada’s national health care system has provided an apt example. Heritage Foundation labor economist James Sherk told him that “60 percent of Canadian health care workers and a stunning 80 percent of nurses belong to unions — more than quadruple the levels in America.” Prior to socialized medicine in Canada, only ten percent were union members.

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  • nursewalker

    This is bullshit... I am a healthcare worker and I am pissed off. I don't want to have to pay union dues that only healthcare workers have to pay, plus pay the stupid healthcare bill, whatever that may be. I already wipe your butts, and hurt my back, and work my butt off for you for 12 hours a shift and now you want me to pay your bills too. F*$& this!!! I'm tired of everyone feeling entitled to everything. All you low-lifes looking for a handout, some more free money: Believe Me It Ain't Free - it's coming out of my pocket. I work hard for my money, and I don't deserve to have it taken from me, and believe me I am by no means rich. I, for the first time in my life, am comfortable. I have been comfortable for about a year. The rest of my life has been strugglng, but I never asked for handouts. I worked my ass off to get through school, get my nursing license, and now I feel like once again I made the wrong decision in my life. I love nursing, but will I still love it when I am being raped over the coals and still having to take care of your sorry asses. I don't think so. Damn, I'm mad!!!

  • brazzos

    Raymond is no marine. A marine does what his commander-in-chief and his senior military tells him to do. If not, they can be given a dishonorable discharge or worse yet, prison time, hard labor in Leavenworth. So raymond, let's put up or shut up. Prove you are a REAL marine or just a made-up moniker.


    My father was sheet-metal craftsman and a strong union man with the AFL/CIO for 53 years until he received his first "Union Pension" check of $3.39 for the month! He angerly tore up the check and tossed it into the garbage with "Dirty rotten SOB's!"

  • Michael S Smith

    This is bad, HOW? We should make all Health-care workers be in the USPHS or the VA

  • az native

    Get ready for WE THE PEOPLE we are firing everybody in Washington and the Federal government...per our declaration of independence we have the authority (WE THE PEOPLE have the authority) to abolish the federal government for failure to act responsible and uphold our constitution....they were not granted unlimited powers to spend our treasury fraudulently....enough is enough...it is time to put them all out of jobs...and start over....let the states handle their own issues, all we need is the military to protect our borders, that is their only job per our constitution.

  • USAFVet1969

    I say if this Health Reform is so good then let ALL in America go on it. from the President, Nancy Pelosi, and ALL in congress and the Supreme Court, One health care program for ALL. That will get them to stop this healthcare farse. It is a joke at the expense of the people. Leaders need to step up to the plate opr vacate their office for someone who can.

  • J J

    Unions getting involved in healthcare completely takes away any possibility of Obamacare lowering costs (not that there was any reality there anyway). Obama loves unions and their power as long as he can control them. Unions do not need to be involved in health care employees - the government is already doing enough harm and damage to them. This sounds like another method to rape the taxpayer, kill off the elderly and add more (union top-dogs) to the 1% er's. It doesn't feel like Obama, his administration and many other Democrats are concerned about Americans, their health care, their future or their wishes. Get rid of Obama and Obamacare.

  • lucitee

    This is FURTHER proof that HIS Agenda and policies are dictated by his radical FACTIONS! Foreign AND Domestic! Young illegals, unschooled, gullible, grateful, and vulnerable, will keep the Unions in members and money for YEARS! This is SLAVERY pure and simple! Keep them dumb and clueless! Easier to "CONTROL"! Keep them obligated to their "Masters"! Pandering to the illegals, giving THEM jobs and opportunities and IGNORE the LEGAL citizens! They are getting smarter and less likely to vote for Radical Libs! And blacks are also getting wiser after four years with his broken promises! That leaves ILLEGALS and impressionable young women! Unschooled in the ways of the world and sneaky men, or basing their worship on his LOOKS! Frankly, that is ALL the talent he has! And he has proved it for the last four years!

  • snidely1

    Now imagine these millions of workers - all pulling the Democratic voting lever at the polling station - and you will see the destruction of democracy. When you get 90-plus percentiles of unions (including teachers, what a beacon of freedom those lemmings are) and special interests voting Democratic without the due consideration a democracy expects of an informed citizenry, how can the democracy survive? One class of taxpayers will be paying for the benefits of unions. Nothing more. It is the beginning of the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=598149295 Joanne Long

    I knew this I was in an arguement with someone who thinks she knows everything and works for the hopitals here as a tecn person on the computer paitient input. She says the president of the hopsitals says they will make more money if Obama gets relected. I told her she will have to join a union and her future wont be as bright as now. She thinks I am nuts. Sometimes I think these liberals deserve to get whats coming to them if the vote this evil back in.

  • nanci

    Ovomit is unionizing every federal, State and city employee for their votes. If Obama gets a seconf term, there will be a drastic change in our Constitution to allow more than 2 consecutive presidential terms. That would make him King, then, right?