Let Our (Working) People Go

I want to pick up on a point that was made by David De Paolo yesterday in my post, STOP THE MADNESS!!!, and in David’s post today.

The point David has been talking about for two days now is the idea to allow employees to opt-out of the workers’ comp system in the same way that the states of Texas and Oklahoma allow employers to opt-out.

David discussed the plight of Glenn Johnson and his wife who were arrested and charged with workers’ comp fraud, but were not guilty of anything other than asserting their rights to sue for damages caused by an explosion when Glenn was operating a forklift.

The nightmare the Johnsons endured is what David wrote about in his post yesterday. Today, David goes on to advocate, and quite rightly, for the right of employees to opt-out of the workers’ comp system so that they can get just compensation.

For some time I have advocated the opt-out program as a way into the workers’ comp market for medical tourism destinations and facilitators, and now believe, as David does, that employees should also get the same right to leave the system, a system that has harmed and nearly threw both Johnsons into prison.

The way Glenn’s employer’s insurance company and their third party administrator handled Glenn’s case is a sign that things are out of control and need to be addressed before more Glenn Johnson’s are hurt by it.

Allowing an injured worker to not only received medical care outside of the provider network, and even outside the country, as Oregon and Washington state does, and to seek redress through other means besides the profiteering workers’ comp system makes sense, and should be adopted nationwide.

Opting out of a madhouse created by money-grubbing doctors, lawyers, crooked politicians, and judges and arbitrators who side with the defendants instead of the legitimately injured workers, is the best way to see that real justice is done.

And when an injured worker needs surgery, to force him or even his employer, to have the surgery performed at a hospital that charges thousands of dollars unnecessarily for a common operation is beyond stupidity, it is criminal.

Better that the employee and the employer be allowed to choose to go to a hospital that can provide the same or better quality of care, and at lower cost, at a medical tourism destination in Latin America or the Caribbean, especially if the employee is from there, or if doing so would give the injured worker a better chance to recover faster and in a more tranquil environment than at home.

In other words, let our working people go.

I am willing to work with any broker, carrier, or employer who is sick and tired of being bled by the Wall Street vulture capitalists and the entire medico-legal system known as workers’ comp, to save money, and to provide the best care for their injured workers or their client’s employees, while at the same time, helping to break the monopoly of the American health care cartel.

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2 thoughts on “Let Our (Working) People Go

  1. Irene Padilla

    There are a few other countries who also allow to insure themselves for worker’s compensation. Besides what is happening in Texas, I’d like to know the outcome of how these independently owners of workers compensation fare in getting treatment or other things, like lost age replacement vocational rehabilitation (we don’t have it in CA, it’s a sad thing) but the voc rehab in CA was almost nothing for decades for injured workers & thanks to Arnold, he enacted law to make sure we wouldn’t get anything more, either. Nothing like enacting what has already been going on. More in aiding & abetting for employers NOT TO HAVE TO pay out on the higher & serious injuries that result one way or another into being totally disabled.. To get any real rehab benefits, one had to have a high disability rating, which most did not get, thanks to the corrupt WC players but instead got SSDI at SSI rates. THE FIX WAS IN A LONG TIME AGO, to injure workers, give them no real medical care & then put them in the poor house. Just how many injured workers are not only disabled, mentally ill (you would be too, if you went through THE Workers Compensation nightmare) & homeless after the hideousness & inhumane treatment of & by THE Workers Compensation system, ALL put into place by their very own government?

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