Nurses pressed their argument on the sidewalks during the California Nurses Association's two-day strike against Kaiser Permanente two weeks ago. Kaiser didn't have an estimate of how much the strike cost; the nurses think their earlier strike in April cost the HMO $10 million. Kaiser spokesman Tom Debley said any losses come out of enrollees' pockets. No further contract negotiations are scheduled. Asked when the nurses are going to stop work indefinitely, CNA Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said such a strike was unlikely because it would "fulfill Kaiser's dream." Premium revenues would continue to flow in, but Kaiser wouldn't have to pay employees, which is capitation's ultimate ambition, she said.
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