Sunday, October 16, 2016
Union of Sheeple
Urgent meeting called by the union.
The hospital wants to change our health insurance. Without hearing anything further, I guessed that the "new" plan will cost the hospital less and the employees more.
The union rep said, "It's a pretty good plan and it will actually cost us less per paycheck than the current one."
"We have a good plan, one of the only good things about working here," I offered. "How much less does the new plan cost us?"
The union rep flopped around and finally came up with a number: $20 less per paycheck.
"Doesn't the 'new' plan have an annual one thousand dollar deductible before paying anything, including routine office visits from in-network doctors?" I asked.
"Well, yes," the union rep said. "But the current plan also has deductibles."
"Not for in-network providers," I replied. "You only pay a deductible when you go to someone who is not in the plan."
"Well, it's still a savings," the union rep continued.
"No, it is not," I asserted. "We have 26 paychecks per year. Multiply that by $20, and you save $520 in premiums. But then you have to offset that against the new thousand dollar deductible and the higher office copays. This new plan will cost us more."
The union rep was growing angry. "All I know is that I cannot afford to have any more money taken out of my paycheck." The sheeple nodded their heads. Some glared at me. "We HAVE to vote yes in this situation," she stated.
She probably made a side deal with administration to get the union to say okay to the new plan.
Her salary is also at least $30,000 more per year than mine as specified in the union contract she helped draft.