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Organized Labor

Milton, I think you've written one of the most thoughtful summaries of the new health care law I've had the pleasure of reading.

As I'm sure you know, although AFL-CIO endorsed single-payer at its convention, it did not channel significant resources toward making it a reality; however, I've heard estimates that SEIU spent $50 million on organizing to win a public option in communities with movable congressional representatives, instead of giving that same money to politicians in the form of campaign contributions.

Can you comment on the role organized labor played, what lessons you believe each union learned, and how these strategies could be altered in the future to build a more viable single-payer campaign?


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