Adam Searing wonders why members of the General Assembly haven't put their own special access to healthcare on the table as part of all their hand-wringing and belt-tightening. Lead by example, he says. I agree.
There’s been lots of talk this week about the shortfall in the state health plan. State employees (who didn’t get us into this mess) might be required to pay 30% premium increases and have even higher cost sharing and fewer benefits. General Assembly members received a briefing for over an hour yesterday about the plan. There was plenty of discussion about which groups were costing the state plan the most money and so on. Not discussed at the briefing was the following option: Eliminate the special state health plan access members of the General Assembly enjoy.