"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."
I'd like to know a few things:1. TriMet seems to be sticking with Regence but the other government agencies are using another carrier. I don't believe the Union picks the carrier, the employer (TriMet) does. Is TriMet actively shopping around for coverage from multiple carriers?2. Why isn't TriMet comparing with OTHER TRANSIT AGENCIES? Of course insurance for a bus driver is going to be more expensive than insurance for a school district paper pusher. At least they compared to LTD (but I can't see what the double asterisk means)...what about King County Metro? UTA? RTD? Muni? LACMTA? C-Tran?3. Since government, at the heart of it all, is government - why don't all of the state, county, city and special districts in Oregon just band together and create their own insurance pool, or even a resemblence of single-payer healthcare for government workers? There's no reason why TriMet ought to negotiate separately from the Ontario School District or Curry County or North Wasco PUD. Once the government workers are on the plan, then add in those on state/federal insurance programs like Medicare/Medicaid/OHP/CHIP? Then let the general public and private employers elect to choose that program as well (or if they really want to go separate, that's fine)?That'd lower EVERYONE's cost of insurance and eliminate this whole ordeal with TriMet being singled out...and everyone would get a fair insurance program.
I believe agencies/unions might not want to give up local control.
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