ObamaCare Clusterfuck: SEIU launches another "Look! Over there! Anything Other Than Single Payer!" effort in California
SACRAMENTO - A California health care workers’ union is collecting signatures to get two measures onto the ballot that it says would lower health care costs.
United Health Care Workers West, or SEIU-UHW, wants to cap what hospitals can charge to 25 percent above the actual cost of services. SEIU-UHW says on average, hospitals charge 320 percent above the cost of care.
The union also wants to cap CEO salaries at nonprofit hospitals to $450,000 a year.
“These two [initiatives] in combination will do more to bring down the cost of health care than anything else that’s been considered recently in California or anyplace else,” says SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan.
I wonder where Regan went to law school, because his wording is heavily parsed. "[C]onsidered recently" is nominally correct, but only because the Democrats refused to put single payer on the table, and so it was not "considered"! Further, the SEIU itself played a fantastically destructive role in denying Americans a simple, rugged, and proven single payer system by pressing for the so-called "public option" instead (for those who came in late, see here and here).
The hospital association says capping charges would cut $12 billion annually from hospital revenues statewide, forcing cutbacks in staff and services.
If that's true, and assuming the rest of the country follows California, that's nowhere near the $400 billion or so that single payer would save. One is, therefore, left to wonder what SEIU's motivation for this campaign can possibly be. Whatever it is, public purpose isn't part of it.
NOTE I wonder how long before this pathetic piece of shilling propagates to the mainstream, under the heading of "the Democrats' turn to the left"? Gag me with a spoon.