Last week, SEIU Healthcare Michigan members and leaders and the Detroit Medical Center joined together to urge Congressional Super Committee members to reject cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would cause severe layoffs in the healthcare industry and hurt patients.
Healthcare remains one of the nation's only job growth engines, creating 44,000 of the 103,000 new jobs in September 2011. The industry is likely to create 344,000 new jobs by year's end at a time other industries are freezing payrolls.
"Cutting these essential programs will hurt the hospitals in our community and the healthcare workers who strive every day to provide our children, neighbors and seniors with the quality care they expect and deserve. Congress has an opportunity to say it won't stand for that," said Marge Faville, RN, President of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. "Health care also accounts for 1 of 8 jobs nationally, and this Super Committee should be focused on job creation, not cuts."