This is a national disgrace.
Community Health Systems (CHS) is an incredibly evil corporation that runs for profit hospitals, including Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania.
(From Labor Notes: 1/12/11)
CHS offers a health care plan that under-insures the individual or family, offering limited coverage and substantial co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance. This unaffordable plan has already been forced on the non-union employees at the hospital, some of whom have acquired thousands of dollars in health care debt already, even when they are treated in the same hospital in which they work.
Even hospital employees are getting shitty healthcare. This is obviously corrupt and immoral. It also raises the question, would you trust healthcare from workers who don't have halfway decent healthcare themselves.
This is an example of healthcare cruelty and corruption that permeates our society. We need Medicare for All, not Obama's wealthcare plan for HMOs, health insurers, and Big Pharma. We also need to nationalize all for profit hospitals.
The employees in the nurses union went on a one day strike to fight for healthcare and to end other hateful and abusive practices by CHS. It's great to see people fighting back. This kind of fightback by unionized workers is why the corporate media lie like crazy to demonize unions. The owners and advertisers in the corporate media want everyone but the ultrarich to live in abject poverty and serfdom.
Learn more about the strike.