Hurting the Elderly

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msnbcSEIU has been demanding $15/hr. for fast food workers, and now the union is demanding the same wage for companions who sit with the elderly, MSNBC reports. Of course, such a pay hike could kill a number of these companion jobs and force many elderly people out of their homes and into institutions.

Home health agencies argue that their financial resources are constrained, and that higher wages would force them to cut back hours and force the elderly into institutional care. Three-quarters of home care services are paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, or other public programs.