Quote from Luv2care0907
Saw that one coming. My pay was cut to LPN wages two months ago. I expect to see more news like this in the future especially when the government takes hold of medical care.
A couple of points with reference both to this and to your later comments:
Of course, despite the lies and misinformation being spread widely by various people with an interest in doing so, the government is not "taking hold of medical care"
I wish it were more so, but it just is not happening. The recently passed law includes a bunch of relatively minor stuff that can be pretty confusing and makes it easy for people to pretend it's bigger thing than it is, but here are the actual major elements of the law:
1. a requirement that everyone have (private, commercial) health insurance. (with some exceptions for financial hardship) By the way - just a very few years, ago, this part was considered a conservative idea. A few years ago, Republicans and conservatives were pushing this. They called it "requiring people to take responsibility for themselves and not be parasites". Once the Democrats adopted the idea, they instantly forgot it was their idea in the first place and it suddenly became a terrible idea and "government interference in people's lives"
2. a requirement that all large employers provide(private, commercial) insurance for their employees (or pay a fine)
3. a requirement that insurance companies actually sell (private, commercial) insurance to those who want to buy it and not deny coverage or charge more for pre-existing conditions. (they can still charge more for age though)
4. financial aid for people below a certain income level to help them buy (private, commercial) insurance.
5. raising the income threshold for medicaid as a way to get some of the poor covered more cheaply than they can be with private insurance. (this is the only significant expansion of the government side)
There's a bunch of other little stuff - studies and demonstration projects and experiments to try to cut costs, but that's all the big stuff - no socialized medicine, no government takeover, no "death panels" etc. You've obviously been lied to by a bunch of people wanting to scare you.
I am by the way, NOT a fan of this law. I think there are much better, cheaper more efficient ways to get the job done. But for all it's faults, being a "government takeover" etc, is not one of them.
Oh, and on the later comments on wages: Where are you anyway? Those numbers sound like 20 years ago. But then I live in a state with strong unions. The neighboring hospital to us just negotiated a contract with 20% increases over 4 years, even in this time. But we do hear stories of cuts like that happening in areas with little or no union presence.