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.