Said this over a year ago now when Saint Vinny's was *allowed* to close; it isn't going to be the same rodeo this time around. And if you think things are bad now for healthcare, just wait until Obamacare is fully phased in around 2014. Some of the schemes may pan out to reduce costs and increase revenues, but I shouldn't hold my breath.
New York State like most if not all fifty of the United States are or near broke and will be running that way for at least the next few years. At the same time people are saying and for once those in goverment are hearing the message *NO MORE Taxes*. So states have no choice but to cut, cut, cut, to try and balance their books which by law they all must do.
Healthcare unions such as 1199 have been quite used to having their own way and using their power to sway elected officials, but this time things are different. Now am *NOT* picking on unions or those who are members but you can only split a pie but so many ways. You've got teachers, LE, firemen, and a whole host of others in public service all fighting to keep their jobs, pensions, wage increases and so forth. Something has got to give.
As momma used to say; a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.