While the Tennessee Legislature has put the issue of opt-out on hold for this year, the South Carolina Legislation is moving ahead with opt-out, according to James Moore’s blog piece today.
David De Paolo and I have both come close to drinking the Kool-Aid on opt-out expansion, but until there is transparency and real data that opt-out offers employers and employees better medical care, opt-out is just another right-wing, anti-worker, pro-business scheme that will take this country back, quoting Grover Norquist, back to the 19th century, when workers had no rights when they got hurt, and had to sue for benefits, if they were lucky to get to court.
It figures that the state that seceded from the Union first, would jump on the opt-out bandwagon.
As I said last week, it’s a double edged sword; only one edge is up against the throat of the American worker.
For opt-out to be truly worthwhile, it has to prove it is better than what we have now, with all that we know about the high cost and abusive practices of certain bad actors, but it also has to provide the injured worker with the opportunity to get medical care where the cost is lower, the quality is better, and is offered as an option.
Given that opt-out’s biggest proponents are funding the organization called ARAWC (A-Rock), there will be many who will oppose or question the push towards opt-out expansion nationwide.
There has to be a better way to lower the cost of medical care in workers’ comp than doing it on the backs of injured workers. In other words, don’t drink the Kool-Aid just yet.
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