The Obamacare legislation dramatically increases the number of health care workers receiving payment for their services under a government program—whether from the growing number of Medicaid patients or from patients insured by government-run insurance plans under the public option. The government employee unions can then enlist pro-union state governments to treat these health care workers as “government employees” and unionize them just like they unionized the care providers. As we move closer to a single payer system, many more health care workers will be compensated through government programs. Eventually, virtually all health care workers (except perhaps Park Avenue plastic surgeons) will receive at least part of their compensation from a government payer, and using union logic, can be treated as “government employees” who can be unionized. It is such a simple plan really.
The stakes for the unions are huge. For every million additional health care workers unionized in the 27 non-right-to-work states, the unions stand to earn a billion dollars in dues. When the history of the labor movement is written, Obamacare’s passage will mark the beginning of the second great rise of unionism in America, to the detriment of the American taxpayer.