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Kaiser Permanente Lays Off 530 Employees

The layoffs affect employees throughout Southern California.

One of the nation’s largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, a company official confirmed Saturday.

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs—constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it employees—would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border.

Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. Many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects “significant membership growth.”

“Health care in America is in the midst of one of the most exciting and challenging times in its history, the firm said in a statement Saturday. “We have undertaken a series of cost-reduction initiatives to ensure we meet these changing dynamics, and they include some position eliminations.

“It is important to note that none of these position eliminations will in any way jeopardize the quality of patient care, which is always our primary focus,” the corporate statement said.

Nationwide, the health care industry is undergoing structural changes to adopt to the new federal Affordable Health Care Act—commonly called Obamacare.

Exact layoff locations were not available, a spokeswoman said, because some of the affected employees may be offered other vacant positions as it makes staffing adjustments next week.

A union official told the Inland Daily Bulletin that the laid-off employees will be able to take advantage of a retraining and education program that will keep them paid and insured for up to one year.

-City News Service

Andromeda November 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Amerikanisch, the ER is expensive because it's used as a catch-all for all illnesses - even non-emergencies. When screened by the nurses - unless the illness is LIFE THREATENING the patient should be advised to see his regular doctor. It's called an EMERGENCY Room for a reason. But any illegal can walk in the with sniffles and get full treatment. That's the problem. That's why it's so expensive and why the costs are shifted from the illegal to the taxpayers. Do you think you'd get free care at Tijuana General Hospital for a tummy ache or the sniffles? Of course you wouldn't. That's why they all come here!! ObamaCare does not allow the ER's to turn away illegals. That's the problem. It still forces the taxpayer pay for their illegal's healthcare while at the same time the taxpayer is obligated to buy his own insurance or get faced with a huge thousand dollar penalty! Gestapo tactics!!!
tiny November 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The real problem is there is an Oligarchy that has captured our Federal Gov't and has got the pedal to the metal. So all policy is insane and doesn't make sense to most people.
AMERIKANISCH November 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I agree. The illegals are a big problem but the Rs like the cheap labor and the Ds are looking forward to a hispanic flood of votes that will eventually make it impossible for them to lose. After all, you can't out- Santa Claus Santa Claus, now can you? And while Rs might offer more opportunities over the long run, the immediate freebie is going to win every time. Of course when the money eventually runs out, as it ALWAYS does, we'll all be in a world of hurt, but the Dems never plan ahead further than the next election. They figure they will all be safely retired in luxury behind iron gates when the fit hits the shan. Not to mention the fact that illegals lower wages and take jobs from the working poor- while we put our US poor on food stamps. More Obama voters!
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The people who voted for Obama want a welfare state and they think the money will never run out. This is not going to end well.
Smokey Bear November 19, 2012 at 06:07 AM
I work in the health care industry & I have lost my job 2 times to outsourcing. Damn those people in India who are taking our jobs, it's not fair! I have worked my ass off thinking that my career was going somewhere, but no, ends up I was duped again. Now I have to work to close out the books through the holidays, then I may or may not have a job for a few more months. Meantime 95% of the people in IT are here on work visa's from India, they stay 6 months, then go back for a week, then come back, they have the freedom to talk on their cell phones, hang out around the coffee pot, eat extended lunches, go outside, but we don't, we get treated like shit & we are losing our jobs to them. I thought healthcare would be a stable industry, but it is not for Americans when they can outsource. Damn them all!!
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Leah, You should not blame the Indians for taking advantage of the situation. You should blame the bought and paid for whoring politicians for allowing this to happen. The "new world order" as it used to be called is global in scope and the labor goes to the lowest bidder. Why? Isn't it OBVIOUS? Cheap labor makes the rich richer and the middle class is taxed to pay for the subsidies that go to the cheap labor such as medical and free education. Why do you suppose our middle class is shrinking? The wealth is being moved from the middle to the top. And don't kid yourself, the Democrats are in on it too because they like corporate bribes just as much as Republicans do. But the Ds will throw you a few food stamps and call it a day so the people will whore themselves out for a hand out and be glad they have it. But food stamps will never give you the self respect . Only a useful job can do that. It's all so disgusting it makes me sick and all the dumb people can do is blame the other party and give their party a free pass.
Andromeda November 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It's nice that a few people like yourself understand the real problem. Most of the middle class fight among themselves about which party to follow when it is the one-party system (dems and pubs) that is enslaving them. All the politicians love to promise "no no taxes on the middle class" when Obamacare and saturating the nation with foreign labor and illegal foreigners are the biggest taxes that one could imagine on the middle class. Outsourcing jobs should be a criminal offense. The politicians represent only themselves, their cronies and their sugar daddies. For being a nation with free education American is flush with ignorance. People don't even realize they're being swindled by these thugs in suits.
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Andromeda, I would like to add one thing. I post on the Huffington Post- a liberal blog. When I give my speech about being betrayed by both parties, the liberals cannot argue with me because they know I speak the truth- so they just ignore my posts and go back to blaming the Republicans for everything because that is in their comfort zone. Andromeda, the people don't want to know the truth- they only want to blame the other side. The Republicans are not quite so bad- at least they will listen and often agree with me. Not that they will do anything about it such as support candidates who will put real teeth into laws that stop the decimation of the American middle class.
Andromeda November 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
It is part of the human condition, Amerikanisch. Humans everywhere are followers in search of the leader who gives them something for nothing and instant salvation. There will always be plenty of sheeple to follow their orders and to fight their wars. Few have independent thoughts. That's why the one-party system in American works so well. Ample numbers of sheeple. And educated sheeple at that! :^) There is nothing that you or I can do to change it. It's baked in the cake. All one can do is observe it and report it.
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Speaking of wars, we will need another one soon to stimulate our lagging economy.When things get bad, the politicians take us to war so we won't pay attention to what they are pulling.
Andromeda November 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM
For sure. What do you think Iraq was all about? Do you think Bush would have invaded Iraq if their chief export were broccoli? Iraq had no airforce, navy or interballistic missiles. We had the whole country under pinned in and under surveillance 24/7. How could Iraq possibly be a threat to us? Look what Obama did to Libya. Why didn't Obama help the rebels over in Dafur, Rwanda or Zimbavwe when hundreds of thousands were genocidally murdered? Why? Because those nations had nothing of value that interested us. That's why. Ghadaffi was assassinated because he refused to open up his state owned banks to the international bankers for a cut of the profits. So Obama went after him. This stuff isn't complicated. All you need is an open mind to figure it out. You don't even have to be that smart!
bbq November 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Leah, I agree with Amerikanisch. You can't blame the Indians since they're just jumping at an opportunity for work. It's the greedy corporate execs and the politicians who are in their pockets who are to blame. They've sold us all out and we've put up with it.
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Agreed! But I believe you are pretty smart anyway. It's so refreshing to discuss these topics with someone who knows the score. Most people do not think at all- they just check in with their party to learn what to think. The idiots on Huffington Post tell me I am a tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist. I just shake my head in disbelief at their willingness to be led down the garden path- and that path leads to third world status for our country and personal poverty for many of them. But the Republicans aren't the answer either and not many are willing to go third party.
AMERIKANISCH November 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
bbq, I blame the politicians more because they are the ones who are supposed to be looking out for the good of the people. It is their job to say "NO" to corporations seeking to maximize profits at the expense of the American worker. Corporations are SUPPOSED to maximize profits. Politicians are supposed to say "NO" at times.
garagehero November 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Spoken like a true right-wing parasite....
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Dawn, you halfwit. Those 500 employees make up less than 1% of the total Kaiser workforce. And about 400 of those employees will wind up being placed in the Kaiser system through the Income Protection Program.
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
How so? Kaiser lays off 500 employees out of a workforce of 62,000. Thats pretty good forecasting if you ask me.
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Andromeda....Kaiser has always had periodic layoffs, going back to the late seventies, and most of them, like the current one, revolve around cost-overruns from their current massive building programs, the Affordable Health Care retooling is only a partial reason for the layoffs.
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Mark levine and dennis prager? Those two kooks are far right as you can get. Is this what has your ear? No wonder you have a big probem with critical thinking abilites....
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM
What does that say about 8 years of "free Market" bush/cheny era, where the money DID run out.....ay caramba, the teatards are out in force today!!!!
garagehero November 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Andromeda, you know absolutely nothing ( or at the most, very little) about the health care industry, the Affordable Care Act, HMOs, the history of hospital labor, especially as it relates to Kaiser Permanente, labor unions, simple economics, insurance companies, etc...., but you are very good at using this article to post your anti-American right-wing FAUXNEWS speaking points and drivel.
AMERIKANISCH November 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
garagehero, So enlighten us. Tell us the truth that we are missing. I am open to learning something new.
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garagehero December 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
With a name like, AMERIKANISCH, what else can you be than a "tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist"? Same goes for your halfwit bretheren that use "K" instead of "C" when they spell Cali, or birthers, deathers, transcripters, or those who use the word "libtards" or "obumbo" every other sentence, or those, like andomeda and yourself, who are comfounded and cannot tell the difference between communists, socialists, luddites, etc. You two posters, who I have a nagging inking , are one in the same, are long on posting cut-and-pasted speaking points from FAUXNEWS, but woefully short on facts. Kaiser has been laying employees off since the the late 70s, in periodic retooloing, and they usually come after building sprees or reorganizations. This current layoff is far from the largest ( that hapened during the reagan era, 1987, when over 2500 employees were layed off), and at 580, is less than 1% of their entire SoCal workforce of 62,000. About 400-450 of these employees will be placed in other positions, and will continue to receive their current income, after a year it drops to whatever it is at their new position. Could be more, three years they layed off 120 workers, many of them were placed in BETTER paying jobs. What is it with your right-wing hysterics?
AMERIKANISCH December 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
gangehero, I could have done without the insults. You don't answer for three weeks and then you insult me- first thing. I suspect that you would be far more civil in person. At least, I hope so. No, we are not one and the same. I don't know Andromeda. personally. No, I am not a half wit. I probably make more money than you do and you don't do that by being a half wit (unless you are in a band). Yes, I know the difference between a communist and a socialist. Luddites?- okay you got me there. Yes, I watch Fox but I also watch MSNBC. I, unlike you, like to hear both sides.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"health care rationing"? How do you come to that conclusion? I've got a feeling that when they were handing out brains, they rationed you....mightily!!!!
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Andromeda, you halfwit, Kaiser wont have the employees "doing nothing". If you had READ the article, or have even the tiniest inkiling of how hospitals are run, those layed off will be placed in another job or classification. They wilol be doing something, only in another part of the hospital.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Andromeda, you halfwit, Kaiser wont have the employees "doing nothing". If you had READ the article, or have even the tiniest inkiling of how hospitals are run, those layed off will be placed in another job or classification. They wilol be doing something, only in another part of the hospital.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I always hgear both sides, especially what the enemy on FAUXNEWS is up to. I dont want to wait until the Brown Shirts are knocking on my door. As for making money, that you would mention something like that, and being that you do reside behind the Orange Curtain, a place well know for having no culture( no philharmonic, no museums of any note, no intelligensia etc...except mickey raton), makes me think you have none. And unlike you, I am not monitoring or trolling these sites. Well, maybe trolling, but all for a good cause....the interuption of misinformation by the Right, and destruction of anti-American clowns like you and andromeda. You think "halfwit" is an insult? Sheesh....maybe you dont watch FAUXNEWS after all.
AMERIKANISCH December 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
You are a very angry person. If you don't live in OC- let alone in Laguna Niguel- I find it odd that you would bother to comment on our blog. I don't know where you live but I would not be putting down where others call home. It's rude. Have a nice life and Happy Holidays.

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