That would be the sound of your health insurance being taken away without notice.
It’s what workers at SK Hand Tool Corporation heard recently and prompted them to strike in Chicago and McCook.
According to today’s Sun-Times employees began to notice that premiums were no longer being deducted from their paychecks.
Now they are living in fear.
“I’m afraid because I might have to go to the hospital,” said Prach, 51, a 25-year SK employee. “I may break down and die at home.”
“This has been devastating,” Richard Berg, president of Teamsters Local 743 said. “It’s like anybody else in society. If you don’t need health insurance, you’re fine, but when you need it, you really need it.”
At least the company “wishes” it could cover it’s workers.
But, see, it’s not their fault.
The company said in a statement, “We realize that employees want to have health care, and we wish that we could provide them with coverage. The elimination of the coverage was not our choice; rather, it was due to a third-party’s decision to remove coverage, which was beyond our control.”
Undoubtedly it was that ‘third party’ that neglected to inform SK’s employees.
Meanwhile back on the picket line…
“People are threatened with losing their homes, with financial ruin.” said Berg.
Because in this country losing health insurance means losing access to care, which means huge financial and physical risk.
Rather gruesome, no?
A high blood-pressure patient, Kim Prach, is supposed to go to the doctor every three months. His last visit was two months ago, and he’s not planning another anytime soon, he said.
Other countries find it inconceivable and inhumane to put off medical care, and barbaric that receiving care can bankrupt an individual.
But this is America, land of the free market and the home of the “yoink”