Hospitals, Union and Single-Payer Health Care

By September 8, 2007Health Care, Labor Unions

Have always been puzzled by organized labor’s demand for universal healthcare. Why would they want to inflict second-rate, rationed health care on their members.

Here’s one answer. Shared the following union news release with a friend who once involved in resisting an attempt to unionize a local hospital.

FRESNO, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Healthcare workers from Community Medical Centers delivered a message to CEO Tim Joslin on Thursday: the union-busting tactics going on at the Fresno hospital facilities are putting the quality of treatment offered there at risk.

The workers instead urged Joslin to negotiate a free and fair election agreement with employees who are interested in forming a union. Workers could then make their decision free from harassment and intimidation, and patient care would not be jeopardized by management pulling caregivers from the hospital floor for meetings filled with anti-union propaganda.

More calumny follows, the typical tactics of a union-led corporate campaign. The demand for a neutrality agreement, in which the employer agrees not to represent one side of the issue, is the new approach: Demand surrender right off the bat.

Anyway, our friend comments:

All of this, of course, is part of the strategy they hope leads to government-run healthcare. Then the nursing unions can merge with the public employees unions (where that isn’t already the case), and nirvana will be achieved (I have a GS rating, government employee work rules, and a federal pension).

Which will improve health care?

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • W Pettit says:

    Oh my gasp socialized medicine…give me a break. Ricky is using the same reich wing thinktank broken record scare tactics. I agree with David McLanahan, M.D. who tells it like it is about conservative think-tank talking heads:

    Scare tactics have been all too effective in deflecting the public’s attention from the abundant evidence that we would be vastly better served by national health insurance. Consider, for example, that the highest quality health care delivery in our country is provided by the government-administered Veterans Affairs system, now outperforming the very best private hospitals, including Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital, in 17 categories of quality health care indicators.

    We must capitalize on the current focus on the holes in our safety net so sadly exposed by suffering from the hurricanes. We must honestly define the problem and consider how to implement much-needed reform. As former governors Gardner and Carlson conclude, we have suffered from a lack of leadership. They note, “the citizens must take charge” and our political representatives must get the message. We look forward to participating in that discussion.

  • Dr Coles says:

    We need to fix the health care issue but we cannot fix it unless we know how it is broken. For the answer, please see

  • Rick Knox says:

    Its another step toward complete socialism and the redistribution of wealth.

    In addition – if you read through the 1000’s of pages of the “Hillary Care” system proposed inthe early 90’s – It makes paying $$ to a physician a criminal act – I want to go where I want to go, when I want to go to the physician/hosptial of my choice.

    Socialized or “Single Payer” programs are nothing more than a government run HMO – the only way to control costs is to manage access – this is accompished by delaying medically necessary treatments.

    Read on:

    In 2006 Britain’s Department of Health reported that at any given time, nearly 900,000 Britons are waiting for admission to National Health Service hospitals, and shortages force the cancellation of more than 50,000 operations each year.

    In Sweden, the wait for heart surgery can be as long as 25 weeks, and the average wait for hip replacement surgery is more than a year.

    Canada is not immune to the issues either – Brian Day, a Vancouver orthopedic surgeon, was elected president of the Canadian Medical Association last month on a PLATFORM of bringing some types of private medicine and business practices to Canada’s socialized medicine. so even Canada is looking toward private insurance as a solution to their issues.

    There is a real problem with the uninsured in America, and as a Health Insurance Broker, I talk to my clients about how they as employers, myself as a broker and the health insurance carriers have a responsibility to get these people insured through innovative group and individual products.

    We have a large pool of healthy Americans who are not insured, we need them to step up and become part of the solution. In addition, we Americans need to take responsibility for our own health. A significant portion of medical claims are directly related to the American lifestyle (we as Americans have the resources to become fat and lazy). I feel that through employer sponsored wellness, consumerism and disease management programs we can continue down the road of a “healthy America”. Result: a reduction of the large claims that have our healthcare spending spiraling out of control.

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