January 14, 2014
Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor
Isaiah Hugley, City Manager
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"Tim McCarthy" <
December 13, 2013 at 11:27:56 AM EST
"'Teresa Tomlinson'" <
I'm sorry I missed last night's meeting; but, honestly, my granddaughter's choral recital will always take precedence.
As healthcare spending is severely impacting the federal budget, it is taking an inordinate chunk out of our local budget.
One way to get rid of this problem is to get out of the health insurance business altogether.
My suggestion is to give each eligible city employee a raise equal to the city's contribution to his healthcare premium and have the employee enroll in Obamacare. Some employees might even benefit from the Obamacare premium subsidy.
The only downside that I can see is that an employee's pension benefit would increase because of the salary increase, but the increased pension cost would pale in comparison to the ever increasing healthcare premium cost.
It's too late to do anything for 2014, but certainly there is adequate time to work out the details in time for 2015.
Thank you for your consideration.
J. Timothy McCarthy
6344 Brookstone Blvd.
Columbus, GA 31904