By Rick Manning
Not content with making the health insurance industry unprofitable,
through rules and regulations set out in enacting Obamacare, the Obama
administration released the first eight grants/loans under the Consumer
Oriented and Operated Plan (CO-OP) program.
The CO-OP program was established under the Obamacare law to put into
place one federal government selected group in every state that is
supposed to provide an insurance alternative to those few companies that
remain after the imposition of the law.
The grants/loans have raised the political antenna of Bill Wilson,
the President of Americans for Limited Government who said, “These
grants/loans reek of political payola as one group, the Saul
Alinsky-affiliated, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative of Wisconsin
was formed in August, 2011 just three short months prior to applying for
the taxpayer money. In true, Rules for Radicals fashion, Obama’s
administration found this group worthy of receiving $56,416,000 in
Common Ground is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a group the radical Saul Alinsky founded, as reported by the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee.
The provision of $56 million taxpayer funds by the federal government
for health care organizing comes at a time when Wisconsin’s public
employee unions are orchestrating a recall election of the Governor
after failing in a retaliatory bid for power in the Senate last year.
Wisconsin’s state government moved forward with changes in the state’s
collective bargaining rules early in 2011 over the objections of the
unions. Ironically, those changes have allowed the state to bring the
budget into balance without having to lay off any public employees.
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