September 28, 2006

REFORM REQUIRES BREAKING LABOR:

Union blocks foreign healthcare plan: Despite opposition, other companies are looking to send workers abroad for medical treatment (Patrik Jonsson, 0/29/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

The planned journey to New Delhi by Mr. Garrett, a Leicester, N.C., resident wasn't just about fixing his aching left shoulder. His employer, Blue Ridge Paper Products of Canton, N.C., wanted to send a message to American hospitals: Control costs or we'll give our insured workers the option of going overseas for quality, but low-cost care.

Garrett, who belongs to the United Steelworkers, would have been the first union member to go overseas for medical care. But after his pioneering trip became public, the union stepped in and threatened to file an injunction to stop it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2006 6:27 PM
Comments

One would think the USW might like its members to have a travel benefit attached to its medical coverage.

Too progressive, I guess.

Posted by: ratbert at September 28, 2006 10:51 PM
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