As the Administration and some in Congress push forward on ways to make it easier for unions to organize health care workers, and as the President seeks reforms because of a compelling need to control costs and improve the quality of health care, shouldn't reporters or others ask the following questions -- to draw a connection between the two issues?
Is there independent evidence to suggest that in hospitals in which the SEIU or other unions are represented:
1) Care is delivered with greater quality and less harm to patients than in comparable non-union hospitals?
2) Care is delivered at lower cost than in comparable non-union hospitals?
3) Patient satisfaction is better than in comparable non-union hospitals?
4) Worker satisfaction and morale is better than in comparable non-union hospitals?