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It was no surprise that Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CD 47) supported government-run healthcare in yesterday’s “town hall meeting” (conference call). However, the “blue dog” Democrat’s support for socialization stands in stark contrast to her opposition to bank bailouts only one year ago. It appears that Sanchez has been put on a leash by her Big Labor masters.
Big Labor is pushing hard for government-run healthcare. Locally, they are employing a front group, Health Access California (HAC). HAC’s Board includes representatives of Big Labor and the radical left (including ACORN). Overpowerful government worker unions are well represented, including the SEIU, the California teacher unions (CTA and CFT), and the AFSCME.
HAC advocates costly state mandates that make healthcare more expensive. HAC recently condemned the governor for vetoing costly insurance mandates, claiming that the governor was “[siding] with the insurance industry”. Of course, they cynically ignore the fact that consumers pay the cost of these mandates through higher rates. While HAC claims they want to increase access and reduce costs, their policies do the opposite – reducing access by increasing costs.
Nevertheless, HAC is just a front for Big Labor – the New Tammany Hall, a corrupt government worker union machine that buys and controls votes. Unlike private sector unions, government worker unions are able to sit at both sides of the bargaining table by electing the politicians who control their pay. In the 2008 election cycle, the SEIU (alone) spent $42.4 million in independent expenditures on top of $73 million in labor contributions.
Loretta Sanchez is a big recipient of Big Labor cash. Her Big Labor donors include several unions with multiple officers and members that “have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy.” Thus, it is no surprise that Sanchez was co-sponsor of Big Labor’s “Employee Free Choice Act” (Card Check) that would have eliminated the secret ballot in union-certification elections.
Loretta Sanchez is no “blue dog”. Instead, she is a poodle for Big Labor.