Thousands of Minnesota Nurses Strike at 14 Hospitals

Has Obamacare already started affecting hospitals and their workers? This is happening in Minnesota so will it spread across America. What is your take on this issue?  I say our health care system is in trouble and will get worst the more Obamacare takes over. 

More than 12,000 nurses went on strike at 14 hospitals Thursday, primarily to demand increased staffing they say is needed to improve patient safety. The hospitals responded by bringing in extra non-union staff, hiring 2,800 replacement nurses and reducing patient counts.

The union wants to write rigid staffing levels into their contracts, reduce the hospitals’ ability to “float” nurses from department to department and order hospitals to shut down units, with some exceptions, at 90 percent capacity in the name of patient safety. They also are resisting a proposal to reduce their pensions.

The hospitals claim the union’s staffing proposals would increase costs by $250 million a year without improving safety. The hospitals also say that even with their proposed pension cuts, a nurse with 25 years of experience would receive $3,000 a month at retirement.

Full-time nurses at the Minnesota hospitals are paid an average of $79,000 a year, or about $10,000 more than the national average. However, most nurses work part-time and when they are figured in the average Minnesota nurse makes about $62,000 a year, or $38 an hour. READ MORE AT SOURCE

Lawmakers in six states are considering legislation to “protect” citizens from a federal health care

Congress has yet to come up with a clear prescription for the nation’s health care system. But some state legislators are already urging voters not to take the medicine.

Under Arizona‘s Health Care Freedom Act, which was passed by the state legislature this week, a voting initiative will be placed on the 2010 ballot that, if passed, will allow the state to opt out of any federal health care plan. Five other states Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming are considering similar initiatives for their 2010 ballots.

“Our health care freedoms are very much at risk by health care reforms proposed in Washington, D.C.,” said Arizona state Rep. Nancy Barto, the Republican legislator who sponsored the measure. “We needed to act as a state to protect our citizens and ensure that they will always be able to buy their own health care and not be forced into a plan they don’t want. Read More

We sure need someone with alittle sense to protect the American people from Obama’s government control health care! I don’t think the government should be making my health decisions, how about you, do you feel OK with Obama making your health care decisions? Plus now that Obama has said we should not treat old folks to save money, just give then pain pills and let them die!

States are raising taxes despite the ‘stimulus’ , It isn’t just high earners who get smacked

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A free fall in tax revenue is driving more state lawmakers to turn to broad-based tax increases in a bid to close widening budget gaps.

At least 10 states are considering some kind of major increase in sales or income taxes: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. California and New York lawmakers already have agreed on multibillion-dollar tax increases that went into effect earlier this year.

Fiscal experts say more states are likely to try to raise tax revenue in coming months, especially once they tally the latest shortfalls from April 15 income-tax filings, often the biggest single source of funds for the 43 states that levy them. Read More

The Tax Capital of the World

States are raising taxes despite the ‘stimulus’; New York is No. 1.

Oh, and it isn’t just high earners who get smacked. The new budget raises another $2 billion or so on top of the $4 billion in income taxes with some 100 new taxes, fees, fines, surcharges and penalties to be paid by all New York residents. There are new charges for cell phone usage, fishing permits, health insurance (the “sick tax”), electric bills, and on bottled water, cigars, beer and wine. A New York Post analysis found that a typical family of four with an income below $100,000 would pay more than $800 a year in higher taxes and fees.

One explicit argument for the $787 billion “stimulus” bill was to help states avoid these tax increases that even Keynesians understand are contractionary. Instead, the state politicians are pocketing the federal cash to maintain spending, and raising taxes anyway. Just another spend-and-tax bait and switch.

This is advertised as a plan of “shared sacrifice,” but the group that is most responsible for New York’s budget woes, the all-powerful public employee unions, somehow walk out of this with a 3% pay increase. The state is receiving an estimated $10 billion in federal stimulus money, and Democrats are spending every cent while raising the state budget by 9%. Then they insist with a straight face that taxes are the only way to close the budget deficit. Keep Reading….

Do you think the economy is getting any better people? If you do then you better think again! Do you think that only people with incomes over $200,000.00 will be paying these taxes? Again if you do then you better think again! You have been taken to the cleaners by Obama!

LINKS:

(1) Ron Howard: Happy Days are (almost) here again

(2) Video: The BO Tax and Spend Rap

(3) Countdown to Tax Day Tea Party: The view from Asheville, NC