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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Obama administration's so committed to cronyism that it's violating its ObamaCare law to lend $314 million to New York's Freelancers Union, whose board members gave Democrats $11,000-plus between 2007 and 2011.

The law says recipients of such loans -- aimed at helping begin health-care cooperatives -- can't have issued health insurance before July 2009 and can't be for-profit organizations. Yet the union's members -- who don't get coverage through employers -- have owned the for-profit Freelancers Insurance Co. since 2008, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

The union says all the loan money will go to the co-ops, which it's just sponsoring -- a distinction without a difference. Founder Sara Horowitz, a labor lawyer and organizer, served with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama to advise a think tank funded by leftist billionaire George Soros.

And, bad news, taxpayers: The government expects the default rate on such loans to approach 40 percent.

Overseeing the co-op program, the administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the loan despite all that.

Disregarding its own law and financial common sense to lend to the Freelancers Union, this administration leaves no doubt that it puts politics above all else.

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