Opinion: Federal Health Care Cuts Could Jeopardize Jobs
"Since the start of the Great Recession, California has lost 1.3 million jobs, [but] health care is one of the few sectors actually creating jobs, especially in hospitals," Thomas M. Priselac -- president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center -- writes in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece. "The congressional 'super committee,'" tasked with reducing the federal deficit, is considering "a proposal reported to slash $500 billion" from Medicare and Medicaid, Priselac writes. The proposed cuts "may seriously jeopardize those jobs, threaten the availability of health care services in some communities and add to the challenge of making commercial health insurance more affordable," he adds, concluding that "we must do everything we can to save the jobs we have, especially those that are so vital in taking care of the health of everyone in the community."
- "Be Careful of Cuts to Hospitals" (Priselac, Los Angeles Times, 10/28).