Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Service Employees International Union President Stern Discusses Changes To Health Care System In Interview
The Los Angeles Times on Sunday interviewed Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern, an "outspoken and unconventional" supporter of "health care changes to guarantee coverage for all while reining in costs." Stern said, "It seems impossible to imagine how you can have an employer-based health care system with the incredible creative destruction and change in the nature of work in our economy," adding, "It's not an ideological issue; it's really just a practical, real-life, 21st-century issue." According to Stern, although a single-payer approach "would be the most efficient system," the U.S. likely will not implement it because residents do not "feel comfortable that government's going to solve their problems" (Alonso-Zaldivar, Los Angeles Times, 3/11).