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State retirees sue over health plan
The News & Observer ^ | 4/21/12 | Lynn Bonner

Posted on 04/21/2012 4:22:35 PM PDT by mdittmar

A group of state retirees is suing the state employee health plan for breach of contract for changing or dropping the health care plans in which they were enrolled.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake is the lead plaintiff in the suit, first in a group that includes retired teachers, school administrators, SBI agents, office clerks and others. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Gaston County, says the state breached contracts when it dropped or began charging premiums for health insurance plans in which state retirees were enrolled.

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To: Trailerpark Badass
well, there's that. absolutely.

sounds like manna for lawyers.

21 posted on 04/21/2012 7:19:04 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: sergeantdave
Exactly.

And when all of these public employee contract "negotiation" sessions are nothing more than giddy mutual back-scratching arrangements, what is produced is nothing like a "contract."

22 posted on 04/21/2012 7:19:31 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: mdittmar

Why are they upset? They’ve got Obamacare now. It’s a panacea.


23 posted on 04/21/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: djf
you're right....the defined pension/benefit plans afforded govt workers of all types is insanity and obscene, probably also immoral...

but its to the point now that PRESENT needed work will be disrupted,stopped, changed, diminished in many ways just because we have to keep feeding the retirees endless apetites...

seems the unions have the final say in these pension benefits and if they think laying off 1000 workers so they can keep up the fat to several dozen retirees, then so be it....

close parks...libraires...zoos...close schools for 5 months a year ( and pay for only 5 months), stop school sports and music, stop cleaning trails and highways....stop it all...

24 posted on 04/21/2012 7:29:13 PM PDT by cherry
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To: mdittmar

Good luck collecting one dime from BROKE taxpayers.


25 posted on 04/21/2012 7:33:58 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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All contributions are for the Current Quarter Expenses.


26 posted on 04/21/2012 7:47:28 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: mdittmar

Gee... I wonder which state it is?

(Sorry, I’m a bit grumpy and excerpts that leave out crucial info are sorely lacking.)


27 posted on 04/21/2012 7:57:35 PM PDT by citizen (Obama blames:arab spring,banks,big drug/oil,bush,ceos,christians,coal,earthquake/tsumani,fnc,wall st)
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To: sergeantdave
A state or local legislature is sovereign. It is not bound by the acts of a previous legislature. The rat legislature can sign a million contracts and the legislative body that follows can rescind every contract. All of them.

I think that is 100% correct. Government union members who think their pensions and benefits are sacrosanct, are simply not facing reality.

28 posted on 04/21/2012 8:35:57 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Hot Tabasco; EGPWS
Can benefits be cut from government retiries?

My understanding is that the answer is 'YES'. I believe sergeantdave is correct. Union contracts are acts of the state legislature, and as such may be rescinded.

29 posted on 04/21/2012 8:44:09 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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