The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A 16-BILLION-DOLLAR gift to the bosses

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!