Corporations are alive and you are their meal ticket.
You think you are safe but you’re not really. Not in this new world.
How much is a pound of flesh worth? Your flesh. Because that’s what we’re talking about. Money and human flesh. Body parts: severed arms, crushed legs, mangled hands, droopy skin, punctured eyeballs…
People go into the healthcare profession for many different reasons, some because they want to help people, some because they’re good at it, some because their parents want them to be a doctor, some because they need a job, all very human reasons. But a corporation has one reason, and one reason only, to be in the healthcare profession: to make a profit.
There are non-profit corporations, but I’m not talking about those. In general, non-profits have a mission statement they abide by, and strict government guidelines they must follow. They’re alive but on a leash with their arms and jaws cut off so they can’t hurt you (Walking Dead fans will get this reference). But those for-profit corporations? They’re everywhere and they’re starving. Always starving.
And musicians taste just as good as everyone else.
“Your pound of flesh is the cost of doing business.” Say the for-profit zombie healthcare corporations.
Music organizations and the musicians they hire are fighting for their lives. Unchecked health care costs are a constant sticking point in today’s collective bargaining negotiations, even with Obamacare in place. Prop. 45 will help solve this.
Corporations HATE Prop. 45 because it limits their ability to feed off their host without consequence. But 35 other states have implemented these rules and everyone is still alive. At least by Supreme Court standards.
The Board of Directors of Local 6 wishes you a Happy Halloween and encourages you to vote YES on Prop. 45!!!
What will Proposition 45 do?
- Require health insurance companies to publicly disclose and justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect.
- Make every document filed by an insurance company to justify a rate increase a public record. Require public hearings on proposed rate increases.
- Give Californians the right to challenge excessive and unfair premium rate increases.
- Prohibit health, auto and home insurers from considering Californians’ credit history or prior insurance coverage when setting premiums or deciding whether to offer coverage.
- Give the insurance commissioner authority to reject unjustified rate increases.
- Allow the insurance commissioner to order rebates for consumers and businesses that are paying excessive rates.
For more information visit: www.californiaalliance.org