Interesting tidbit from Michael Barone’s excellent column on “crony capitalism, bailout favoritism and gangster government” this morning:
If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people want to get out from under it? More specifically, why are more than half of those 3,095,593 in plans run by labor unions, which were among Obamacare’s biggest political supporters? Union members are only 12 percent of all employees but have gotten 50.3 percent of Obamacare waivers.
Obviously this is a large bone tossed to supporters heading into 2012. They’re not even bothering to be subtle about it. But as Obamacare comes to wreak havoc on businesses and states that fail to foster a cozy enough relationship with the administration to “earn” a waiver, this open bribery could actually turn out to be a pretty good selling point for unionistas attempting to organize shops: “Hey, do you really want to be the sucker who pays for that ridiculousness? Or would you rather sign here, join the club, get all of the benefits, none of the pain — the free lunch that supposedly doesn’t exist!”
(The other option for avoiding Obamacare, of course, is to move to a swing state Obama needs to win next year…)
Facing the kind of cost and care differentials we’re likely to see, even a employee not favorably disposed to unionization might rethink his position when threatened with such a colossal blow to his bank account bottom line amidst a stagnant economy. Obamacare appears to be just another tool for Democrats to widen the pool of captive money that union dues have come to represent for them.