Sitting around the table at the bi-weekly supervisor's meeting this week, a colleague commented on his recent Florida vacation. Nope, not talking oily sea water and tar ball covered beaches here. We are talking about lay-offs in the healthcare industry.
For the longest time (as long as I can remember in my adult life) friends and family have always commented about the "job security" in the healthcare field. "People don't stop getting sick so you will always have a job". I believed that when I was much younger and a lot less wiser. Looking at the big picture today, that job and career is a lot less secure and we are no more likely to escape the chopping block than anyone else working in any other field. I think the only folks with job security these days are the Wall Street fat cats and those nimrods inside the Beltway. The rest of us are tying knots in the end of our ropes and hoping to hang on for as long as we can.
People seem to have forgotten a few facts here. Folks who do not have jobs do not have health insurance.......and likely no hidden stashes of cash with which to pay medical bills. Industry in this country is just about as dead as a door-nail. I've pondered that quite a bit over the last few days. I look around this place where i live and am disheartened by all we have lost......bit by bit and piece by piece. There used to a tannery here......and a couple of meat packing businesses(Valleydale is long gone and so is Green Hill)......they have battened down the East End shops of Norfolk Southern........the Kroger bakery is history.......the large lumber yards that were locally owned are all gone.......the textile mills and sewing factories are gone.....and Roanoke Mills is history, too....GE is a shadow of its former self.......all of these businesses that actually made and produced things are gone from here.
But oh me oh my, we needn't complain. Just look at what we've gained...ghost malls, whole neighborhoods without a grocery store or market, at least 4 Walmarts, countless CVS drug stores, an art museum, a dying farmers' market, more fast food joints than you can shake a stick at, 3 mega cineplexes, "limited" public transportation, shuttered schools.....and the largest employers are hospitals. How long will that last one last as the economy sputters and stalls and with jobs are on the horizon? Who will fund the healthcare bill after the middle class is successfully crushed?
Healthcare cannot be provided if there is nobody to pay the bills........it's just that simple. Hmmmmm....that must be waaaay too simple for the idgits on Capitol Hill.
Done ranting. Here are some things for your reading pleasure:FiercehealthcareKindred HealthcareJackson HealthFierce Health Finance
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