Oct 30, 2006
Two years ago California “reformed” its workers’ comp program. Among other things, the law made it easier for insurers to reject portions of treatment plans; fees paid to clinics and pharmacies were capped; services available to injured workers were reduced; temporary disability payments were limited to two years; and permanent disability payments were cut by as much as 55%.
Of course, workers don’t need any clarification as to where this kind of “reform” leads to. But a recent study by the Los Angeles Times provides figures too: in two years, what employers pay into workers’ comp has been cut almost in half, saving them at least 8 billion dollars, while another 8 billion has gone to insurance companies as extra profits.
That’s an extra 16 BILLION DOLLARS for the bosses!
We all know who pays for it: workers who not only get injured on the job but also get denied proper treatment.
Another shining example of what politicians mean when they say “reform”: lining the bosses pockets!