VTGOP: Thanks to liberal lawmakers and union bosses, VT teachers face double-digit health insurance rate hikes

News release — Vermont GOP
October 4, 2017

Berlin, Vt. — The Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) has announced that school employees will face monthly premium increases ranging from 6.4% to 17.2% — in large part due to far-left lawmakers and the NEA’s drastic efforts to kill Governor Scott’s education health care savings plan.

Under Governor Scott’s VEHI plan, health care contracts for educators would have been negotiated at the state level; leveraging a unique opportunity to, in part, avoid the“Cadillac” tax on insurance plans. Not only would this proposal have achieved savings, but would have simplified contract negotiations, avoided cuts to school programing, and protected collective bargaining rights.

The Governor’s VEHI plan would have achieved up to $75 million in annual savings; $50 million of which would have been used to ensure that teachers’ health insurance costs remained the same, while up to $26 million annually would have been returned to taxpayers in the form of property tax savings. The proposal had the support of bipartisan lawmakers, the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association.

Unfortunately, far-left lawmakers like Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Speaker Mitzi Johnson, President Pro-Tem Tim Ashe, along with NEA union bosses killed the Governor’s plan for the current fiscal year.

Now, the very same educators who left-wing elitists in the State House were “protecting” now face double-digit premium increases. Under Governor Scott’s plan, they would have been protected from rate increases while $26 million would be returned to taxpayers.

At the end of the day, these union bosses and lawmakers didn’t protect educators as they claimed they would. Instead, they acted against the interest of educators and promoted their own political ends through partisan fear-mongering and a broad misinformation campaign. As a result, teachers, students and taxpayers will suffer.

Now thanks to the unions and far-left lawmakers in Montpelier, teachers face up to 17.2% in premium hikes, and property taxpayers will receive significantly less in savings than the $26 million they would have received under Governor Scott’s plan.

So the next time you enter the voting booth, remember the empty promises and self-interested efforts made by union bosses and liberal lawmakers.

Jeff Bartley – jeff@vtgop.org

One thought on “VTGOP: Thanks to liberal lawmakers and union bosses, VT teachers face double-digit health insurance rate hikes

  1. Raise premiums to the rafters. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. Maybe next year the rank and file will listen to the Governor. The libs and the NEA are so obsorbed in self interest, they could care less about the unintended consequences of their actions.

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