Escalating health care costs are a major issue especially during an election year. However, as our world gets smaller, overseas options for health
care begin looking more and more viable. Unless the Unions prevail in stopping that alternative.
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.
But the plan alarmed the USW. "We made it clear that if healthcare was going to be resolved, it would be resolved by modifying the system in the US,
not by offshoring or exporting our own people [to receive medical care]," says union representative Stan Johnson, who stepped in to stop Garrett's
trip. The USW has more than 850,000 members.
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Economics, Unions, Contract negotiations, the Government; when will we be able to adequately provide for proper health care for ourselves and our
families without someone stepping in and deciding the issue for us?
The costs of health care in the United States is rocketing skyward, options such as overseas medical care are becoming more and more attractive to
those on limited budgets and without adequate coverage.
Offering arguably the finest medical care anywhere, pundits of the current health care system argue that government interference will stifle the
development of new and better drugs, new procedures and the free market advancement potential. So now, the Unions; working man's oldest, best friend,
is limiting the options currently available to those seeking alternatives.
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