Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Future of ObamaCare

What if you were in hospital, with no one to provide your care? It may happen. Nurses in 14 Minnesota hospitals may go on strike over contract disputes.

The main sticking point is pay increases. The hospitals want a merit-based 0% to 2% increase. The Nursing Union wants 3%.

The kicker is that nurses who strike may not be able to return to work for as much as a month, because the hospitals will have to contract with replacements, usually hired from a "traveling nurse" service.

The Minnesota Nurses Association looks like every other left-wing labor group. That is because they are just like every other left-wing labor group. Here is a PDF which outlines their policy on taxation. It reads, in part:

A fair tax must take into account a person’s income and other circumstance such as number of dependents or disability. An equitable tax Is a progressive tax based on ability to pay. With a progressive tax, wealthier people pay a greater percentage of their income to taxes than those with less income. In contrast, with a regressive tax, lower income people pay a greater percentage of their income to taxes.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

Here is their statement on National health care legislation, which begins with the preposterous claim:
Health care is a basic right of all people. The Task Force believes there should be a health care system for all, everyone should have a right to enter an available system and receive the services that are necessary for him.
In other words, anyone has the right to demand services from anyone else, regardless of their ability to pay, and therefore, those who have greater means are under moral obligation to pay for the delivery of the services. (NB - check out the masculine as generic! The editor needs to remember the proper usage is "he/she/it," not to mention the disjointed plural/singular combination)

The SEIU (the purple shirt goons) have been involved in many hospital issues, notably their "safe needle" campaign - more expensive needles with a small retracting sleeve over the business end, supposedly to protect nurses from accidental sticks. Mrs. Polymath, a RN, says with good nursing practice needle sticks are highly unlikely. And one can still get stuck with a "safe" SEIU needle.

I recently read a report (I believe it was from Moody's) which stated that smaller hospitals, especially non-profits, would eventually and inevitably be absorbed by larger hospitals and corporations (the bastards!). With labor unions, collective bargaining, and now nationalized health care, we shall soon have the equivalent of General Motors: A tormented and bankrupted industry, propped up by tax dollars, run by incompetent fools.

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