State politicians have ramped up the pressure on California Attorney General Kamala Harris to block the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System to for-profit Prime Healthcare Services.
In a letter released this week, the 18 California members of Congress cited “Prime's troubled past and regulatory problems and its incompatibility with the historic safety net mission of Daughters” in asking Harris to reject the deal.
They also pointed to government investigations into Prime's alleged overbilling schemes, as well as a number of charges from the National Labor Relations Board related to Prime's dealings with union employees.
Prime countered that the deal has the backing of other unions in the state, including the California Nurses Association and the SEIU local 121RN, Southern California's registered nurses union.
A Change.org petition, a link to which is hosted on Prime's corporate website, has more than 14,500 supporters out of 20,000 being sought.