Tuesday, January 05, 2010


The Times tells us about the construction-killer tucked into the Senate bill at the last minute to protect unionized construction workers.

WASHINGTON — Early versions of the Senate’s far-reaching health care
bill said that small businesses with fewer than 50 workers would not be
penalized if they failed to provide insurance. That was before labor
unions in the construction industry went to work and persuaded Senate
leaders to insert five paragraphs.

Their provision, added to the 2,074-page bill at the last minute,
singles out the construction industry for special treatment, in a way
that benefits union members and contractors who use union labor.