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Retired city workers file lawsuit over shift to Obamacare (Chicago)
WFLD, Fox 32, Chicago ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:19 PM EST | Mike Flannery

Posted on 07/25/2013 3:21:21 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Retired city workers are asking a judge to block Mayor Emanuel from making them rely on Obamacare for their health insurance. It could cost Chicago taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

This affects most city retirees and it underscores how, after decades of grotesque financial mismanagement, the only choices left are painful ones. A spokesman for the lawsuit was a retired cop, wounded several times in the line of duty. Public employee unions hope that angry taxpayers staring at a doubling or even tripling of City Hall’s property tax will empathize with Mike Underwood. …

When Mayor Emanuel sent letters announcing the change last month to about 24,000 retired city workers, the watchdog Civic Federation praised the move, saying it could eventually save taxpayers $70 million or more each year.

But Underwood and other retirees won’t know until September at the earliest what Obamacare's cost to them may be. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Insurance told Fox 32 News that six insurance companies have so far submitted 165 different plans, all now under review. …

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxchicago.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; obamacare; retiredcops; schadenfreude; unions; zerocare

1 posted on 07/25/2013 3:21:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Well that’s one way to bring that debt down. Dump it on the American people.


2 posted on 07/25/2013 3:26:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I feel not one shred of sympathy for these people. They were stupid enough to believe the promises of politicians. They deserve to get screwed.


3 posted on 07/25/2013 3:29:14 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Olog-hai
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4 posted on 07/25/2013 3:30:21 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Lurker

What the hell did these people think was going to happen. Some of them walked away expecting a pension for longer than their entire careers.

Seems that I remember a teacher’s union official in Chicago working for less than a month and walking away with a 6 figure yearly pension.


5 posted on 07/25/2013 3:34:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lurker
I feel not one shred of sympathy for these people.

As do I. They're from the shithole that cursed us with the Marxist tyrant in the WH, so eff em.

6 posted on 07/25/2013 3:34:26 PM PDT by Marathoner (Sarah Palin is our Esther, for such a time as this)
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To: Olog-hai
Public employee unions hope that angry taxpayers staring at a doubling or even tripling of City Hall’s property tax will empathize with Mike Underwood...

And let Underwood pick their pocket again.

7 posted on 07/25/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Olog-hai
Come on, Obamacare is the greatest thing since sliced bologna. The union rank and file should feel honored - honored! - to be allowed to partake in Obama's manna from his eminence.

Now shut up and take it. Your unions were essential in bringing this about.

8 posted on 07/25/2013 3:35:01 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Olog-hai

My mom had a part time job with the city running a Senior Citizens meal location. When she retired her take home pension check was BIGGER then her pay check, by a sizable amount. Did not have to pay one dime for her insurance or prescriptions. It was ridiculous.


9 posted on 07/25/2013 3:40:39 PM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: Olog-hai

Hey Chicago! Take a long hard look at Detroit. The future is not hard to see.


10 posted on 07/25/2013 3:44:56 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: NonValueAdded

“The union rank and file should feel honored - honored! - to be allowed to partake in Obama’s manna from his eminence.”

I must be missing something; as I understand it “ObamaCare” isn’t a health care plan, but rather a program designed to force people and employers to purchase insurance. I’m not sure how this impacts these retirees unless they’re booted from their insurance plans. It isn’t like they’re going to be issued “ObamaCare” cards for a new plan; there is no such thing (again, unless I’m missing something).


11 posted on 07/25/2013 3:46:31 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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booted they are ... the powers that be probably figured the pittance the retirees received would qualify them for a nice subsidy from the exchange.


12 posted on 07/25/2013 3:53:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: NonValueAdded

“the powers that be probably figured the pittance the retirees received would qualify them for a nice subsidy from the exchange.”

Here in NJ our public employees (active or retired) are our upper middle class; there is no “pittance” involved. A friend retired as a local cop at 46 (he was hired at 21 before any college requirement); he will be costing taxpayers a hefty fee for decades to come. Who else retires at 46? The taxpayers have had enough; companies and taxpayers are fleeing the state, leaving it in the hands of the permanent urban underclass and illegals (neither of whom pay taxes). What happened in the city of Detroit is happening statewide in NJ; we lost an electoral vote recently to bear that out.


13 posted on 07/25/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

My neighbor retired from Chrysler at 45 and he owns two houses. He lives in Florida and his brother lives in the one next door to me.


14 posted on 07/25/2013 4:08:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

If its good enough for us, its good enough for them


15 posted on 07/25/2013 4:10:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

public unions finding out they might be part of the “more equal than others” equation


16 posted on 07/25/2013 4:11:19 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

might NOT


17 posted on 07/25/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t begrudge the private sector whatever arrangements they had with their employers; the public employees are a cancer because while I don’t have to buy a Chrysler I have to pay property taxes. Chrysler has received no contribution from me towards your neighbor.

Much of the housing crisis is tied to this problem; if I gave you my house outright (an old one, with no updates) you would pay over $600 per month to live here. Most of that is school tax; the balance pays for cops to retire at 46. Who would ever buy into that scam? The tax benefits have disappeared with real wages; less people even need the deduction. On top of that, if you aren’t having a family anyway, why not rent and keep your freedom/mobility?


18 posted on 07/25/2013 4:14:13 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Olog-hai
Shut up and get in.

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19 posted on 07/25/2013 4:17:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Live question and answer session with the national right to work foundation going on now.

http://www.righttoworkfoundation.org/michigan.aspx


20 posted on 07/25/2013 4:19:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Why are they complaining? Even if Obamacare only gives them a fraction of the health care they were promised, euthanasia is *always* free. Free abortions for the kids, too.


21 posted on 07/25/2013 5:25:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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