News of the Week: California considers setting healthcare prices

April 12th, 2018

Each week we share articles on subjects that are important to NUHW and its members. Here are several must-read stories over the past seven days:

California’s government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced this month, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs, the Associated Press reports. The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate in California as activists on the left push aggressively for a system that would provide government-funded insurance for everyone in the state.

The U.S. Senate confirmed John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board restoring the board’s 3-2 Republican majority, Inside Sources reports. Ring began his legal career working with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters before moving onto represent management as a lawyer with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

A new poll shows former State Senator Mark Leno leading the San Francisco’s mayoral race, Mission Local reports. Leno is NUHW’s top candidate in the June 5 mayoral election.

Several major unions are asking companies such as AT&T and American Airlines to reveal how much the tax overhaul will fatten their profits and what they plan to do with the windfall, USA Today reports. They’re demanding that the companies specify the portion of the gains that will be used to boost wages, bring back jobs from overseas and make capital investments as well as the amount going toward increasing executive pay and buying back stock.