Team Trump is attempting to force our nation’s low-income senior, blind and disabled out of their own homes and into death trap assisted living home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph Hunt, who has actually because left the Justice Department, represented the Trump administration in a California claim over Trump efforts to damage working conditions for low-paid assistants who help our country’s elderly and disabled remain in their homes. The workers, primarily female, do tasks like cooking meals, changing adult diapers and aiding with baths.
Hunt asked federal Judge Vince Chhabria to toss out the suit brought by California and 5 other states. Chhabria, an Obama appointee, heard arguments on the case in February but has actually not yet ruled.
In 2019, Seema Verma, Trump’s administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, signed a rule in that strips states of the ability to withhold part of the paychecks of some health homecare employees for things like health insurance and voluntary union fees. The states in the suit might lose $6 billion in federal Medicaid funding if they do not comply.
” This guideline jeopardizes the health of vulnerable Californians who are currently able to live in the house,” stated California Attorney general of the United States Xavier Becerra.
Team Trump declared the new guideline could prevent scams.
The relocation is another effort by the Trump administration to damage unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Community Staff Members and Service Employees International Union. The unions have worked out contracts for home health care employees that consist of health insurance, higher incomes and other benefits.
House health workers might have turnover rates of 82%or greater because of low pay, often below the hardship rate, and regular injuries. The workers the Trump rule targets are hired by the individuals they look after and paid with Medicaid dollars to assist them remain in their houses.
Our country’s objective is to spend more than half of Medicaid long-lasting care financing on care within the house and neighborhood instead of more expensive institutional settings like nursing homes. Assisted living home have ended up being Trump death traps throughout the pandemic as Team Trump rolled back fines and proposed to weaken guidelines for infection avoidance employees.
Up until now, more than 65,000 individuals have passed away of COVID-19 in these Trump death traps. Brian Ballard, the former chairman of Trump’s fundraising committee, is one of the 37 lobbyists of the American Healthcare Association which represents assisted living home.
Medicaid programs in California and the other states that sued over the Trump guideline serve more than 700,000 individuals at risk of being put in retirement home without care from house health workers.
A string of court cases chosen by conservative judges have actually made it harder for unions to collect fees. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court chose 5-4 that public staff members do not have to pay union charges to assist cover the costs of collective bargaining.
In 2014, in Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court ruled Illinois house care workers can’t be required to financially support a union they didn’t wish to sign up with.