Workers’ Compensation Reform
Newly elected Governor Rauner wants to enact workers’ compensation reform, taking away rights from injured workers. Two recent studies examining the nation’s various workers’ compensation laws have found it is the workers and tax payers who are suffering through these reforms. OSHA and ProPublic did the studies. One of the findings is,“Employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ compensation insurance since the 1970s. And in 2013, insurers had their most profitable year in over a decade, bringing in a hefty 18 percent return”. Governor Rauner wants to take away an injured worker right to chose his or her own doctor yet it is the injured worker’s health being addressed not the employer’s health. The injured worker should have the right to decide who provides the health care not the employer. The studies show that when the employer controls the health care it is the injured worker and taxpayers who suffer.