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Jerry Sanders on Health Care

 

 


Reduce city retiree health benefits by $750M

The city reached a landmark agreement that will save $750 million over the next 25 years on health care for city employees when they retire. Let me explain why the people of San Diego should be just as excited about this reform as I am.

Previous administrations promised to provide health care coverage for retired city employees but failed to set aside the money to pay for it. This agreement with our unions helps the city finally get control over the mushrooming costs of retiree health care--cost that would have consumed an ever-larger portion of the city's budget over the next several decades.

Why not eliminate health care benefits altogether? That approach would be a bad idea. We would wind up in a long and expensive legal battle with our unions. Reforming the retiree health care system has been one of my major priorities as mayor. Combined with our pension reforms and other money-saving operational changes, this agreement will help the city emerge from this recession stronger than ever.

Source: Jerry Sanders column in Rancho Bernardo Patch , May 18, 2011

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