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USPS: Refund mandated health payments

Letter by Robert W Muntz, Tacoma on July 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm with 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.


Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. tree_guy says:

    What do the proposed service cutbacks have to do with the mandated health payments? I don’t get it.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    If we don’t prefund the health benefits, we’ll have to pay for them later- with what?

  3. You won’t even have to worry about getting your mail if the government goes into default on August 3rd. Send an email to your Congressman NOW!

  4. harleyrider1 says:

    That’s the problem with this type of thinking.

    The Postal Service may be private, but they did not buy the route, they did not buy the facilities, they did not buy the inventory, they did not reimburse “us” for taking over the Postal Service.

    When you are not paid for something, and you hire someone to run the business, the business is still yours. Unless your democratic congress just gave this business away too.

    Election time is coming. Don’t vote the party line. Vote for the person.

  5. “GIVING THIS BUSINESS AWAY” sounds like what the Rpots want to do with all govermnent services.

  6. LarryFine says:

    … well, some anyway.

  7. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Olemag says:

    ”Send an email to your Congressman NOW!”

    LOLZ, way to support the letter deliverer… er, writer, O. Email, indeed.

    And speaking of Mr. Muntz, the last I checked FedEx doesn’t deliver on Saturday either. Are you seriously saying that we can’t live without a snail-mail delivery on Saturdays?

    More likely the thought of decreasing employment at another money-losing government service is your primary concern.

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