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Right on retiree health insurance

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On Dec. 17, state Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia of Troy shot down an attempt to do what even the public employee unions’ lackeys in the Legislature haven’t tried to do: lock in retirees’ health benefits at the same level as when they retired. His reasoning is solid, and the decision itself is important: It means that taxpayers won’t have to pick up the entire tab for skyrocketing health insurance costs when it comes to ...

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January 1, 2013
10:24 a.m.

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I hope that all retires and current public employees who receive such generous health care would appreciate it enough to take better care of their personal health to not abuse the system so that the costs can be reduced and become sustainable in the long run. Are employees even educated on how they can contribute to cutting the expenses of healthcare by staying healthy so that they are staying away from doctors and expensive procedures that can be prevented? Diet? Excersize? How many spouses who work for a private employeer are on the tax payer health insurance instead of getting coverage from their own employer?? It would be good to know- perhaps the Gazette can compile that data. How much savings can the City see if spouses with access to private insurance put themselves and their children on the private employers plan???