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HEALTH CARE: Equity or political pawn game?

Letter by Kurt Carlson, Gig Harbor on March 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm | 2 Comments »
March 21, 2012 4:43 pm

I read, with interest the Viewpoint, “Bipartisan plan would give school employees health care equity” (TNT, 3-21).

Full disclosure: I’m an insurance agent/broker.

My question is, why is the Washington Education Association (WEA) opposed to this bill if it is so good for them? I’m guessing that it’s because it is not good for teachers and it does not put more money in the classroom.

A recent study by the actuaries at Milliman showed that this would not actually generate any real savings to the system and therefore would not create additional dollars for the classroom.

Creating a new K-12 benefits pool won’t save the state any of the money that it spends on benefits unless they reduce the benefit allocation.

The new benefits pool will make it so that benefit programs cannot be customized for local needs and desires.

The plan will increase the payroll deductions paid by more than half of the current enrollees with employee-only coverage.

Moving the administration of the plan to the Health Care Authority will not improve the level of service most districts currently receive from their brokers and agents.

Shame on state Sens. Steve Hobbs and Steve Litzow for disguising a slap in the face to the hard-working members of the WEA who oppose this legislation and its smoke-and-mirrors intention.

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