My article on Advocate’s taking over Walgreens’ health clinics struck a cord with former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster. She offered the following way County Government could save money by utilizing private enterprise’s health clinics, rather than operating them in county facilities.
“Elected Officials Just Do Not Get It”
RESPONSE to your article of 5-19-16:
It would appear it is once again time to expose those running our local McHenry County government for the utter contempt they have for you and I as the tax paying public.
Last September, I handed off a document outlining 7 examples where county could reduce and/or eliminate programs and/or services. Two examples remain to be printed in the McHenry County Blog.
The document was the culmination of input from dozens of citizens who shared their experiences and expertise.
This morning we see an article showing how “Advocate Health Systems” is opening “health clinics” in local drug stores.
This concept has been out there for a while and many other private businesses are either doing, or in the process of doing the same thing.
Ironically, the issue of private health clinics was Installment IV, in the document handed off to the county board on 9/15/15;http://electschuster.com/reducing-taxes/
While our schools tax us to fund “in-house” nursing staff and even clinics, the private sector has been, and is in the process of, expanding these same services…
Any thinking taxpayer should ask their county board members why they continue to expand and tax us to run competition with the private sector?
To date, our county board has completely ignored this document and all the suggestions. Not so much as giving them the “sniff” test. They have however done a great deal of grandstanding on the concept by nibbling around the edges of minor issues.
In the big picture, while frustrating, the issue of dropping board members’ retirement benefits is being beaten to death. Too little, too late… and unfortunately, they continue making total fools of themselves in the process.
See Reducing Taxes, Installment II, at: http://www.electschuster.com/reducing-taxes/
While I recently served on this board, any time reducing programs or services was mentioned, members, staff, and employees
- circled the wagons and
- went silent or
Three years into my term they started to catch on and actually went along with the concept of “not taking the allowed annual tax increases!”
Since that first effort, and, four years later, they make a big deal out of having “reduced” the budget by $23,000,000! What they’ve not acknowledged was the shell game played to be able to make this assertion.
There was never a reduction in the budget, they simply moved capital projects off line!
We were barely through the 2016 primary election process and they popped a “capital improvements” plan on us! These
“Improvements” just happened to cost $25,000,000.
Surprise, surprise, they need the $23,000,000 in so-called savings, plus another $2,000,000, just to catch up on maintenance, building and other capital costs they slipped off the radar screen to be able to claim they were “reducing” the budget.
These big spenders… have lied to us!
They take us for fools!
Just when will you join in making them extremely uncomfortable when they claim to be our friends?