Council members never seem able to vote on eliminating health insurance for themselves

Dear Editor:

The city council people are the only part time city employees to receive city health insurance. While the city’s health insurance may not be as generous with benefits as some in the community assume, the insurance is extremely expensive. Since the days when Peter Cammarano was on the council the politicians have claimed they are opposed to the city providing health insurance to council members. However, the council never seems able to vote on eliminating health insurance for itself.
The new council that took office in January should send us a message that they are serious about putting the public ahead of patronage by allowing the council to vote on a measure that would make the council members ineligible for city insurance. A 9-0 vote in favor of eliminating health insurance would show us that the council can actually get things done. I encourage the council to take action.

Paul Lichstein

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