BOSTON – The largest healthcare union in Massachusetts is about to take the issue of healthcare payment reform public with a series of mobilizations, community forums, a massive advertising blitz, caregiver workshops, and other actions in a new statewide campaign slated to launch on Wednesday, April 6. The campaign aims to elevate the voices of all healthcare workers in the ongoing debate around quality and cost control reforms, while also raising awareness of the key role hospital service workers play in overall healthcare delivery. 1199SEIU members are calling it the “Voices of Quality Care” campaign.
The campaign kicks off Wednesday with a TV ad featuring the kind of service and technical workers who union members say are often overlooked as part of the care delivery team. The ad promotes a new website that both explains 1199SEIU’s take on payment reform, and encourages caregivers to join the union.
“Our basic message is that patients and caregivers need more than a voice in these upcoming reforms – they need a strong voice,” said John Herr, a respiratory therapist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. “We can’t let the conversation be dominated by insurance executives and regulators, so we’re bringing our perspective as frontline caregivers straight to the public.” Continue reading Union calls for action on Medicaid rates, workforce training and job protection within payment reform legislation
By filmmaker Michael Moore
It was amazing. Every story on the front page of last Tuesday’s New York Times told the story of the Age of Greed during which a system known as capitalism is slowly, but surely, killing us:
Insurance company greed: “Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care”
War profiteers: “Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants”
There’s no profit in repairing our infrastructure: “Repair Costs Daunting as Water Lines Crumble”
China, the bank: “China Uses Rules on Global Trade to Its Advantage”
You mean NAFTA didn’t improve life in Mexico: “Two Drug Slayings in Mexico Rock US Consulate” Continue reading The green they steal, the greed they wear
By Jack Hoffman
In just days since the abortive attempt by the 23-year-old Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device onboard Northwest Flight 253, information surfaced that indicated a quintessential, breakdown of our intelligence and security network. Evidence has shown it to be extraordinary and shocking but not surprising in both its character and scale – especially after the 9/11 debacle.
Should we be shocked?
So what has happened with the preliminary findings from the time of the bombing attempt and now? How Umar put this all together. The dildo detonator and explosive powder stitched in his underwear. A powder that should have been detected by the Amsterdam security police, what with the new body scanners supplied by the United States. And the frightening news Umar trained with another twenty jihadist ready to go. Continue reading A failed bombing and: What are we doing in Afghanistan? Plus: My health-care crisis!