“Moral values — where did they go?” asked Effen, claiming that the board was dooming patients to a reduced level of care.
CSEA had stepped up its argument in recent days that the board should have initiated contract talks with the bargaining unit before crating the LDC.
After the meeting, Kosmer predicted that nettlesome choices could lie ahead for the officers of the LDC, whose tasks will include balancing looking out for the county’s interests at the same time they strive to find an operator who won’t skimp on patient care.
“What if you get a stellar health care provider and they offer you $ 8 million and you get a good health care provider who offers you $14 million?” he asked. “That’s not going to be our battle. That’s going to be the LDC’s battle.”