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SEIU Collects ‘Union Dues’ From Medicaid Recipients

Outrageous. Democrats are constantly accusing Republicans of wanting to “slash Medicaid.” Meanwhile, they institute policies that allow public-sector unions to do this:

If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues.

Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family’s monthly Medicaid subsidy. The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) deducts union dues on behalf of SEIU…

Mr. and Mrs. Haynes, of course, are both the parents (the employer) and the health care providers for their children, but they still lose money to the SEIU every month, despite having no interest in joining the union. They have been arbitrarily classified as state employees so that the union can take money from them.

The arrangement began in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D., Mich.), and reportedly provides the SEIU with an annual haul of $6 million for their union coffers, which are then used to elect Democrats who are more than willing to return the favor. In 2010, Granholm infamously decided to classify in-home daycare providers as “public employees,” thereby compelling them to pay union dues. That program was ended by current Gov. Rick Snyder (R), but legislation to end the SEIU’s ability to collects dues from Medicaid recipients is remains stalled in the state Senate.

More here.

(h/t Mark Hemingway)

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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