This bill to create a “state-managed plan” for 16,000 school district employees comes at the worst time possible. While the basic premise to create a larger pool of people to get a better rate is sound, this bill would rob us of any input and under Obamacare’s rules; it would not be grandfathered in — any changes now would throw us into the national pit of Obabacare. I just stopped paying $485 out of my checks because the union negotiated a better rate. I am a custodian and $485 is a crippling premium to pay.
We just got a reasonable contract. Without the union, I believe a reasonable rate would not happen. I question the legality of legislature to pass a bill restricting union rights? Has that been done before? Without union we have no voice. I don’t want to end up on Obamacare. Also, Alaska opted out of expanding Medicaid — this state is not in the federal government’s good graces. Sen. Dunleavy doesn’t want to put us on his state-employees policy, he wants to create a separate one for us. I believe this would be a huge loss to us; like the 403b vs. a pension — a huge step down in benefits.
Loss, loss, loss. We need to fight this and fight for our union to keep its bargaining rights.