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Socialist Wage and Price Controls
If you listen carefully you can hear the ghost of Vladimir Lenin speaking at the SEIU convention.
The People's Republic of California - The leftist SEIU representing health care workers filed two ballot initiatives in the People's Republic that seek to place wage and price controls on hospitals in the state.
The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West delivered the measures to the Attorney General's Office on Friday. The union is aiming to qualify them for the November 2014 ballot.
The Fair Healthcare Pricing Act would forbid hospitals from charging more than 25 percent above the cost of patient care while the Charitable Hospital Executive Compensation Act would make it illegal for nonprofit hospital executives to receive more than $450,000 in annual compensation.
Proponents estimate the measures would reduce prices by more than $2.5 billion a year reports the Fresno Bee.
Dave Regan, president of the 150,000-member SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, said the union endeavors to engage the hospital industry in a public debate about rising costs.
"Their unwillingness to date to really take seriously the call to reform the increasing cost and frankly uneven quality around the state has led us here today," Regan told reporters in Sacramento. "We fundamentally believe that these measures are not only good policy but they represent the desires and the aspirations of a huge majority of Californians."
Jan Emerson-Shea, a spokesman for the California Hospital Association, said the organization was disappointed the union filed the initiatives.
"They put a cloud over the accomplishments that have been mutually beneficial to health care workers, hospitals and patients," Emerson-Shea said.
"What CHA is not able to do is produce additional union members for SEIU-UHW," she said. "CHA is not an agent for hospitals in labor matters."
Communists and SEIU Members march together
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