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News - June 15, 2018

Battle over health care costs hits Palo Alto

City Council reluctantly places SEIU initiative on November ballot

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto City Hall became an unlikely frontier in a broader battle over health care costs Monday night, when a crowd of medical professionals packed into the council chambers to debate the merits of a citizen initiative that would limit how much local hospitals can charge patients.

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Comments

Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:16 am

> Declen Walsh, research analyst at SEIU-UHWW, argued that
> Stanford's assertions are baseless.

Unfortunately, this person cannot be sued for misleading the public. It's doubtful that this person has the slightest idea how the US Constitution applies here.

But more to the point--how does California law, and the Palo Alto Charter authorize the City to regulate Stanford's Healthcare operation? If it turns out to be the case, then the City should be able to regulate the prices of all private businesses in town, as well as all union wage levels.

It's a real shame the Council caved into the union demands. This decision needs to be revisited come the Fall Council election.


Posted by dtnorth
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:21 am

I am curious why this only affects Stanford Healthcare and they aren't truly in Palo Alto, it seems it should be PAMF that should be worried also.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:53 am

Not sure @Joe read the article. The Council is legally required to send it to voters, and has no choice. Thank you SEIU, for dragging Palo Alto into your fight with Stanford.


Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

> The Council is legally required to send it to voters

The Council has the power to "say no" and elevate the issue into the courts.

It's clear that this is another example of unions trying to dismantle successful institutions--just as they played a significant role in dismantling manufacturing in what we now call "the Rust Belt".


Posted by Stanford formerly respected
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 13, 2018 at 11:27 am

It is very satisfying to see folks try to control that voracious multi billion dollar institution, the formerly-respected Stanford.

Medical costs at Sutter Health (PA Medical Fdn.) are also outrageous. Like
$372 for a pneumonia vaccination that takes 15 seconds, just one example.


Posted by Stew Pid
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 13, 2018 at 11:53 am

So much disinformation here, it's hard to know where to start:

Re: "Getting the required resources to pay for this function would require the city to potentially use revenues that are currently used for things like fixing pot holes and providing fire services."

The city is fixing pot holes? Wow. I had no idea!


@Stanford formerly respected states:
"Medical costs at Sutter Health (PA Medical Fdn.) are also outrageous. Like
$372 for a pneumonia vaccination that takes 15 seconds, just one example."

The costs may be hight bu the 15 second comment is ridiculous. They *have* to charge for overheads: facility, wages, procurement of the vaccine, management & legal overheads, inventory, etc. Ever go to Evvia's and complain they're charging you too much for carrots?


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Annette is a registered user.

This is one thorny issue. Council chambers were packed with health care providers on Monday. Filseth and Keane are right to acknowledge that CPA is not equipped to handle this. Congress hasn't been ale to figure out equitable health care and they've been working on that for decades. I'm guessing lawyers are going to orchestrate the next move on this.

Housing, health care, cost of living, unfunded pensions, various problems in the PAUSD - could our problems get any bigger or more serious? Do we have the right minds tackling the issues?


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