Friday, March 4, 2011

Is your safety threatened under Obamacare?

I am not a union man.

I am a staunch conservative and have little or no love for labor unions.

But I think all health care workers should organize.

Hospitals across this country are taking the effects of Health Care Reform out on their employees.

Hours are being cut and staff are being reduced, increasing workloads to an unsafe level, threatening patient care and safety.

Sterile supplies identified as 'single use only' are being reprocessed and reused on different patients.

Employees who state intent to not participate in reprocessing supplies are bullied and threatened with their jobs for not doing so.

Administrators are interested in profits. As an employee, I am hoping hospitals maximize profit-making as that's how I am paid. But when they want to impress parent companies and increase their bonuses by cutting staff to unsafe levels, forcing staff to be concerned with their household budgets instead of focusing on their jobs, this becomes a serious threat to patients.

One health care worker has had to make cuts at home. After grocery shopping, realizing he had no gas money left to be able to get back and forth to work, had to actually return groceries.

Not to mention he hasn't had his diabetes medicine or anti-hypertensive medicines in over a year!

This is a health care worker not being able to comply with his own doctors orders all the while he is helping doctors carry out orders for patients.

So the next time you go to the hospital, the care takers working to take care of you may not be able to take care of their own health because of financial hardships brought on by Obamacare.

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