Access to health care is a human right. But in America, it’s considered a benefit that must be bargained with an employer. Employer-paid full-family health coverage is one of the biggest differences between the typical union workplace and a non-union workplace. But the costs keep going up, and health coverage is today the biggest source of labor disputes.
The Plumbers and Steamfitters retirees get a $575 incentive payment to attend wellness classes.
Deductibles triple in 10 years, and family premiums now average $17,545 a year.
A coalition calls for single-payer health care in Oregon
Enrollees also become members of Working America.
Portland Commissioner Steve Novick wants to bring both sides together to focus on better health
Hospitals would have to do charity care, disclose prices and quality, charge fair rates, cap CEO pay
Labor-affiliated health trusts are locked out of Obamacare’s benefits, and forced to pay its costs
Proponents of single payer health care plan an Oregon ballot measure for 2016.
What some unions are doing about out-of-control health care costs
But Wyden favors “premium support” for those wanting private insurance instead of Medicare.