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USPS: Refund mandated health payments

Letter by Robert W Muntz, Tacoma on July 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | 7 Comments »
July 12, 2011 2:07 pm

There is much talk about cutting the delivery days of the U.S. Postal Service to five days a week. The Postal Service is just that, a service industry. We sell service. When service is your product, it seems strange to cut that service and think that you are improving it.

The Postal Service is trying to get returned the billions of dollars it has had to pay to prefund the health care trust fund. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, has called the effort a bailout.

It involves not a penny of taxpayer money. It is the Postal Service’s own money, earned by the sale of its services. Without that requirement to pay $5.5 billion a year, the service would have been profitable, even during these recession years.

When you are overcharged, you should be able to get a refund of your money. That’s what the Postal Service wants.


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