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  •  Maybe that's part of it but I think it's the anti- (4+ / 0-)
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    government worker mentality that's really operating. We pay taxes, these people work for us, and some of them have better jobs (benefits or pay) than we do!
    But they never apply that same thinking to health insurance company executives -- who do they think is paying the salaries of the overpaid top people in the for-profit insurance industry? It's all of us little premium payers and our employers and we don't have the protections or recourse that we would if they were part of the government.
    My dad worked for the federal government all his life -- he was an accountant and an auditor on outside contractors and he saved the government huge amounts of money. He was scrupulously honest and he went after cheating contractors relentlessly. He brought statistical sampling as a technique for audits to the the Air Force (and they thanked him by refusing to give him any work until he got sick of it and found a job in another agency. I just realized, dumb me, that the reason they hated him was not because he brought change but because he endangered their cozy relationships with defense contractors.) He worked a full day every day and took work home. But no one ever thinks of someone like him when they say "government bureaucrat."

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:27:25 AM PDT

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