Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
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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