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Blood-sucking parasite, or Florida House Republican?

Being a member of Florida's House is a pretty sweet gig. This group, the ones who went against the will of their governor, their citizens, the health care community and common decency in refusing to expand Medicaid in their state, voted themselves a smoking good deal on their own health insurance.
House members will pay just $8.34 a month for state-subsidized health care next year, or $30 a month to cover their entire family.

That’s one-sixth of what state senators and most state employees will pay, and one-tenth of the cost to the average private-sector worker, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It’s also less than the $25 a month House Republicans wanted to charge poor Floridians for basic coverage such as a limited number of doctor visits or preventive care.

Those same House Republicans don't have limited numer of doctor visits, and can get all the preventive care they want. All but 12 of the state's legislators, who are considered part-time workers, take this sweet insurance deal. The cost to Florida taxpayers for each House member's health insurance is almost $600. Which I think qualifies the Florida House of Representatives to be the country's largest parasite.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM PDT.

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  •  Unbelievable. (10+ / 0-)

    They should have a ballot initiative that eliminates benefits for legislators.

    Since when is the party that embraces all the top tenets of Satan allowed to call the God shots?--wyvern

    by voracious on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:26:22 PM PDT

  •  Immoral bastards who likely call themselves (5+ / 0-)


  •  "Austerity for Thee, you rubes, (1+ / 0-)
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    .. But not for me."


    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:37:45 PM PDT

  •  they are paying more than they used to... (1+ / 0-)
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    I worked for the FL Legislators and we all got it for free a few years ago. Please excuse me tho since I quit the state when the creep guv came in and I no longer monitor payroll data.

    "You are what you write, not what you look like."

    by PHScott on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:52:26 PM PDT

    •  The abuse of the FL Retirement System (FRS) (2+ / 0-)
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      arlene, Don Quixote

      was worse I thought. It may have changed but legs were allowed to vest quicker. For a part-time job I might add...

      Another issue was the higher FRS earnings rates for 1st responders that were given to admin types that never left their office. That (in addition to management fraud during the Jeb! years) caused FRS to lose its fully funded, best-in-nation standing and lead to the legs asking the lower ranks to start paying 3% of their salary into FRS. It used to be paid by each agency as a way to attract and to compensate employees for lower pay.

      Also, elected officials & senior management were allowed to accumulate tons of sick and personal leave and cash out at retirement with the added gift of boosting the 5-year salary average that the pension is based on. They could "retire", collect monthly pension, and then come back to work and start earning another pension in addition to salary and perks.

      Add in the deferred retirement scam (DROP) they set up for themselves where you say you are retiring but keep working while your monthly pension accumulates (with interest) for 5 years leaving you an awesome nest egg.  And then they continue working cause - "gosh darn, I am just so necessary."

      I worked next to a former director that retired, got his DROP, sat out a month, came back as entry-level but with director pay plus his FRS check. That was 8 years ago and the bastard is still there, still cheating on his timesheet too.

      Oh yeah - the legs also want to end the defined benefit plan (work 30 years and pension is 1/2 of your average salary) and go to 401K type like businesses now use. We all know how well that works out! If you are a park ranger or office clerk  making 24K a year, it's doubtful you can save anything.

      "You are what you write, not what you look like."

      by PHScott on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:50:12 AM PDT

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  •  Is there a strong Florida Daily Kos group? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, alice kleeman

    If this was a Virginia article, I would be reposting it all over facebook, and so would others in Virginia Kos.

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    by JamieG from Md on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:25:10 PM PDT

  •  HEY (3+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, seriously70, Cartoon Peril

    Don't insult the Minnesota state bird, the mosquito, by associating it with Florida Rs.  And technically, mosquitos aren't parasites, but loving everything Joan, free pass!

  •  Federal Employee Health Insurance (4+ / 0-)

    I am sitting here reading from the FEHBP book. A federal employee who elects Blue Cross/Blue Shield pays, for his coverage, for Standard Option, $433.63 per month for self and family (and the same if the family is only him and his wife---there is no reduction for a couple) or $186.14 if he elects coverage for himself only.  This plan is identical whether the employee is the President, a Congressman, a secretary or  janitor at a federal building anywhere in the US,  a cancer researcher at the NIH,  or a driver of the shuttle bus that runs between federal buildings in the DC area. That's a bit more than Florida's legislators are paying.

    •  That's even less than (1+ / 0-)
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      Cartoon Peril

      what I pay as a public school employee - about $450/month for myself and spouse (and this is not a great plan - it has a very high deductible). To cover a family is pretty outrageous, considering our salaries aren't that high: over $700/month.

      •  $700 a month? (0+ / 0-)

        When you say high deductible, how high is high?

        Are doctor's visits, drugs, etc covered, or do you have to satisfy the deductible before a dime comes out for anything?  Is that deductible for the family, or for each covered individual.

        We pay less than that for a very high ($5,000 each) deductible plan, and we don't have an employer picking up any of the bill.  

        OTOH, it's almost worse than having no insurance at all -- all medical expenses end up coming out of our pocket, and providers absolutely refuse to give us an idea of what anything will cost because we have insurance.

        Plus, of course, we pay the monthly premiums which could actually do us some good if we could apply them elsewhere.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:03:38 AM PDT

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  •  FL legislature and governor are the worst. (1+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year

    This proves it so well, but so have many other decisions they have made. For the life of me I cannot understand how they get away with all they do to make life bad in this state. When even the governor could see the value of taking the federal medicaid $$, though wanting to use it to privatize it, I'm amazed the legislature didn't agree with him.

    As one who receives (received??) Medicaid to pay for my Part B of Medicare, I am cringing to see what this means for me. I may have to leave the state, I just don't know. Damn these creeps.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:31:57 PM PDT

  •  Several probably put their kids back on their plan (2+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year, alice kleeman

    ..under Obama Care, too. Several GOP Senators and Congressmen have, already.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:32:33 PM PDT

  •  Attaway Fla. (1+ / 0-)
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    Leap Year

    Just keep voting Republican. Just hannnnng in there. They could change their ways. Of course, they haven't for years and years, but they could. They really, really could.

    Full disclosure:
    CC to my state of Texas.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:49:12 PM PDT

  •  Gov. Scott is not a hero here (2+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman, PHScott

    Gov. Scott negotiated a crappy medicaid deal w/ the feds anyway.  It would not have helped folks a whole lot. It might have helped them some. But the right wing legislature wouldn't even pass that teeny tiny scrap for the working poor.

    Scott has reached out to a few select groups this  year because he is facing a tough reelection fight.  It's all politics.  I wouldn't be surprised if he did this knowing it would not pass, just to earn some points with moderate voters.

  •  Anything the public (0+ / 0-)

    Anything the public does not have, our elected officials should not have.

    It was once common practice for employers to offer health care insurance. Not anymore, that practice is dead.
    Elected officials need to keep pace not only with the good but, the bad.

    Give them some skin in the game—remove all perks and benefits for all Federal and State workers.

    How long after that would we all get full coverage for every American?

  •  Wait a minute -- $600? (0+ / 0-)

    Is that $600 a year or $600 a month?
    Is that for individuals or for families?

    If it's $600 a year, who in the hell is their carrier?
    I want it.

    Even if it's $600 a month -- if it covers a family, I want it.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:57:22 AM PDT

    •  a year! Used to be free. (0+ / 0-)

      For retirees, we pay $550 a month, 1200 for families. Met a former co-worker yesterday who gives over her whole retirement check for health ins.

      "You are what you write, not what you look like."

      by PHScott on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:52:44 AM PDT

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      •  Health care remains this country's single biggest (0+ / 0-)


        Want a truly grand experience?

        Try caring high deductible insurance ($5,000, say) and try getting the price of a procedure from a care-giver.

        They'll tell you its impossible to say because it's all worked out with the insurance company and blah,blah,blah -- never mind that you've got $5,000 of skin in the game.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:11:53 AM PDT

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  •  Of course they do, thanks for the info, Joan nt (0+ / 0-)

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