Eliminating Health Insurance a Good Move

Looks like DeKalb is on track to eliminating the life and health insurance benefits for City Council members.

This is an important move, and not just for the savings. When Council prepares to vote on health insurance plans and premiums for management employees and union workers, its own participation creates conflicts of interest. We’ve also systematically been prevented from knowing which Council members have signed up for the benefits.

If Council is concerned that compensation is too low to draw good candidates, then raise the pay.

5 thoughts on “Eliminating Health Insurance a Good Move”

  1. Lynn, where else in this world can an extreme part-timer receiving $500 a month in pay receive a benefit package potentially costing its employer over $2000 per month?

    The proportions are way out of whack.

    Wonderful to see a newcomer to the council taking this bold step. May she and the other fresh-faced aldermen continue to scrutinize each brick in the city’s budgetary walls.

    We can ill-afford any more faulty masonry at city hall.

    Status quo must go! Can you sing it, people? Status quo must go!

    Thank you, Ms. Verbic. For a brief moment, you’ve restored my faith in our local governmental process. Hopefully the symbolism sets the tone for the impending budget hearings.

  2. I do not feel that this benefit should be eliminated. As long as the country operates under an employer based health care system every employee, no matter how few hours they work, should be allowed to join the employers plan. What should be discussed is how much they contribute to the premiums. Lets say in this case the alderman have to pay 90% of premium or even the full 100% that should be allowed but until we go to single payer and remain an employer based system everyone needs to be able to join.

    As to the prior post that says …”where else in the world” almost everywhere else in the world has a single payer system.

    Pevo

  3. I could almost agree with you, Pevo, if they picked up 100% of the premium AND anybody else in DeKalb could buy into the plan as well.

    Besides the conflict of interest and the secrecy, there’s the fundamental unfairness of people in government getting a deal that nobody else can get. I’m inclined to want them to live in the same world as their constituents.

  4. I believe there are part-time city employees who do not get any options for health insurance. If that is the case, then how is that fair?

    Hey Pevo, Thursday was a great anniversary in day baseball, what was it?

  5. Knowing you’re a Red Sox fan I would guess the anniversary would be when Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters in 1986. But being the Cubs fan that I am, I wouild say it was when the first time 300 games winners Greg Maddux and Clemens for the Astros faced each other and the Cubs Maddux won his 306th game.

    On the first point I think all employees should be able to join the employers plan as long as the country operates under an employer based program even if they are required to pay 100% of the premium.

    Pevo

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