UFCW #152 is hosting a Statehouse rally in a few minutes to highlight the plight of heathcare workers in the wake of recent Medicaid cuts in Washington. Total cuts for NJ over the past two years is around $46m. Or about a $2 cut, per Medicaid patient, per visit. And that is for the poorest of the poor.
OUCH! No wonder the state's budget is in shambles, with all the wacky (unfunded) mandates and penny-penching out of the Whitehouse.
Claire Galiano, of UFCW's healthcare division says that medical workers (especially nurses and nursing home staff) are increasingly called upon to do more with less.
“With less” meaning less supplies (!), less flexibility, less support staff, less job security, less benefits and so on.
Ms. Galiano: “We are here to get the attention of our legislators to re-examine the Medicaid cuts from the past several years.
The rally — complete with a band, refreshments, and a massive crowd — is set to begin shortly. But the feeling of solidarity is paplable and very very exciting.
So I'm gonna go absorb the atmosphere a bit and take some photos which I'll share shortly.
In the meantime, POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Update 1:30pm The reggae band is still jammin' away. I LOVE THIS! A few legislators took time to come out and stand with the workers. I spotted Weinberg, Baroni and Huttle. Asw. Huttle, fresh off a primary win, said her presence was about showing “compassion and sensitivity. As this generation gets older we have to give back.”
She went on: “we have a moral issue to protect seniors and a legal obligation to not leave the healthcare workers understaffed. They certainly don't deserve to be shortchanged.”
Amen to that.