What They’re Saying

• According to an opinion column in the Los Angeles Times, the recent election that gave the Service Employees International Union the right to represent 74,000 home healthcare workers has started a social drama like when President Franklin Roosevelt’s "New Deal" surfaced. The New Deal "opened the door to a wave of organizing that built the big industrial unions" and "doubled living standards." "With SEIU, home healthcare workers will see higher wages, employers will see less turnover, and the public will see better quality care," the column said.

• Home health providers in Maine are dealing with budget shortfalls as a result of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, a home health provider wrote in a letter printed in the Bangor (ME) Daily News. The budget is already balancing on the backs of the elderly, and now the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee wants to make things worse, the letter said. "By adding another layer to this system, we are ... providing opportunities for more bureaucracies," Mary Cahoon Hancock wrote.