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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pulling a Fast One

    Just how stupid do you think they think you are?
    Read on McDuff.
    The headlines were just what state lawmakers wanted: Life-Time Health Care Benefits to End.  And if you were dumb enough not to  read anything more, you concluded that one of the bestest (sic) benefits ever was finally coming to and end: State legislators could be vested in a health insurance program after only six years in office.
     That's right, six years!
     Whatever happened to the legislative mantra that all benefits for public workers be tied to those in the private sector where getting vested in six years is only a dream?
     When the Michigan House took up this bill, the measure would have ended this benefit for 109 of the 110 members.  In the state senate 32 of the 38 senators would have been exempted from the law.  In other words they would keep their health care from the state until they turned 65.
     Well a curious thing happened as the House measure moved around the capitol rotunda and arrived in the Upper Chamber a.k.a. the House of Lords or the state senate.
      Instead of one representative keeping his benefits, the bill was changed to conclude 14.  And instead of 32 senators, the number was kicked up to 36.
      There must have been a reason for that and it was, many house and senate folks didn't want to lose what they had, so they wrote the bill to protect themselves.
      Welcome to Lansing.
       Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Soutfhield) was one of two senators who did not keep his health care.  He was asked if the measure was composed to protect some of his colleagues?
       "I wouldn't say that," he began to dance but quickly acknowledged the obvious, "Although it might look like it."
        Oh yeah.  He's got that right.


Blogger Voice of reason said...

At the end of the day we all have to remember that our legislators, first, last, and foremost, are politicians, not leaders. And by definition, that means service to self will ALWAYS trump service to the greater good.

October 10, 2011 at 8:21 AM 
Anonymous albert said...

They're 2-faced lyin' weasels, each and every one of 'em.

October 10, 2011 at 7:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no reason they couldn't have just ended it for everyone. HOWEVER, its NOT life time! It doesn't start until 55.So, for example, there were several reps who were "termed out" last session in their 20s ( eg Gabe Leland). They are vested in "retirement health care' but don't get ANYTHING until 55. Hardly lifetime benefits. Please, journalists, do some work and digging. Otherwise you are as bad as those you now critique

October 12, 2011 at 5:42 AM 
Anonymous R said...

You're right, Anonymous. Calling lifetime benefits what they are is just as bad as living at the public's expense while pretending to crusade against waste.

October 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM 

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