LETTERS: Health care facilities are understaffed

This is a story about the sad plight of most of the health care workers in this country who get very little respect, are underpaid, not enough benefits and they are stressed out because those who are in charge refuse to hire more workers. They sit in their luxurious offices having a good time, living off the work of their dedicated workers. They have no shame or conscience. I would bet money that they never visit their own facilities; they don’t have time because they can’t get past themselves.

I will give you some firsthand knowledge because I spent 12 days in Paoli Hospital and five days in Powerback Rehab Facility in Kimberton this year. It was quite evident that there was not enough staff at both facilities, especially on the night shift.

Here are two examples. I had to wait two hours to get some ice water. I asked one of the staff if I could go out to the patio. I waited for over 45 minutes and no one showed, so I went to the patio by myself. I was gone for over an hour and when I got to my room, no one even noticed that I was gone.

It’s time for America’s health workers to unite so they can make a better life for themselves and their families. The time is right to show the courage and willingness to sacrifice if necessary. The power is in your hands to change your future so that you’re treated fairly.

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The teachers union is strong because they have the most important job in our society, teaching our children, our future. The health workers in our society are just as important as our teachers, even more so because they take care of the sick, the ailing and the dying. You have to be a special kind of person to be a dedicated health worker.

We will get the ball moving so we can unite with the teachers union with the help of their experienced organizers. There is nothing to fear. There is no health facility that would dare replace their workers.

What would Powerback do if they were threatened with a work stoppage, pickets at their front door? They would be in absolute panic. The disparity between the rich and the poor continues to widen. It’s time for action from the united health workers of America - it has a good ring to it doesn’t it?

After we get the teachers union and the health care workers united then we will unite the fast food workers who are denied a livable wage while the fast food industry is raking in the huge profits. The American people have become so complacent they have contributed to this sad situation. The American people have the power to change our direction so that all Americans can share in its wealth. May God’s blessings be upon us; all things are possible with God.

— Jim Keller Phoenixville

Let’s work to improve Obamacare

I’m happy that the American health care system is on the road to reform. I’m glad that more people can get health insurance now that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is law. I’m one of them. Last year my employment changed and I was able to find insurance that I could afford using the Pennsylvania online marketplace. If that option had not been available to me, I would have been uncovered and vulnerable to bankruptcy because of medical bills.

Actually, I am still worried about the high costs of health insurance and medical care. High co-pays and deductibles are making insurance too expensive for working families to use. And the cost of prescription drugs is out of control. The middle class is feeling the squeeze from all angles these days. Being able to see a doctor should not be priced out of reach.

I’m tired of Congress wasting taxpayers’ time and money with votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They need to work on reducing the cost of health care in America and taking on insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Congress needs to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act, not take away all we’ve gained.

— Thomas Markert Royersford