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U (we) paying too much for health care coverage?

July 22, 2013

According to a Minnesota Public Radio report, the University of Minnesota may have to scale back its health care coverage to avoid the Obamacare’s massive tax penalty on “Cadillac coverag....

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Jul-22-13 5:39 AM

Thank you for giving actual dollar amounts. usually when there is coverage of union issues all we get is "our health insurance and deductible are going up."

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Jul-22-13 7:56 AM

Thanks for the factual coverage. Perhaps a comparison of local public plans would be interesting as well.

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Jul-22-13 9:49 AM

The gap between coverage benefits and costs in government jobs vs private sector jobs has NEVER been greater. The difference, governments don't work with profits, they just raise taxes to cover the expenses. Obamacare is only going to widen the gap between government health benefits and costs vs private sector.

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Jul-22-13 10:13 AM

This is precisely why the unions were screaming at Scott Walker when he tried to derail their gravey train.

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Jul-22-13 6:17 PM

A health plan in the private sector where the deductible doesn't start at $500 to $1,000 can be found at the Mayo Clinic, where the deductible choices start at $0 in-network and $250 out of network. U of M’s deductible is $600 for out of network. Should Mayo have to revamp their benefits when they receive state tax dollars for their expansions? Anyone know what the comprehensive high-quality health care benefits for the Vikings and Twins have for deductibles? Revamp required for the state dollars for facilities and ticket increases?

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Jul-22-13 6:23 PM

The last time I checked, National Guard families pay nothing for health coverage either. I knew someone who used to bring their kids to the ER for a sore throat because it was easier than making an appointment and they didn't have a copay.

Ultimately, it shouldn't matter what kind if plan you have. If you take away part of the health plan, they will want more on the check to make up for it. I know I would. People need to look at the total package, whether it is a custodian, cashier, doctor, lawyer, CEO, etc.

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Jul-22-13 7:10 PM

Scott Walker's gravy train runs on things like Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO Reed Hall starting in January at a salary of $120,000 and Walker deciding in February to give him a $65,000 raise – over 50%. What a job Hall must have done in that month! Meanwhile Wisconsin’s job creation, which Hall’s agency was supposed to improve, fell to 49th.

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Jul-23-13 6:52 PM

Scott Walker had no problem giving $300 million from taxpayers to his corporate cronies while the taxpayers took on wage cuts and job cuts.

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