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Letter: Denying health care for workers immoral

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From: Elaine Zimmer


Received: Feb. 16

I wish to applaud Judge Heimann’s comment that reducing working hours to avoid paying for health care “is a moral issue.” This practice is immoral. It denies health care to our working poor. The practice will create a more struggling working poor.

Do the math. The poor will require more food stamps; they will go more often to the ER; they will go to work ill, infecting more people with their maladies. So who will pay for this?

I have a friend who is trying to raise three grandchildren under 6. She has no car. She had a job at a nearby McDonald’s and was scheduled for night manager. Her hours were reduced to 15 per week. Last month she had to borrow from a friend to pay her electric bill, and she cannot afford milk for those boys.

Yes, she is looking for another job, but in the meantime she was denied food stamps because she was making too much money with her pay and a measly $200 mandated back support for her own children from her ex-


How can these employers, many of whom make millions of dollars, justify their selfish actions? I will take two actions for now. 1. I will pray that God will soften the hearts of business people making these decisions. 2. I will not patronize any business that I know has shortened employee hours to avoid paying for health care. Please join me.

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