sam's notes

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Friday, December 16, 2005

....Socialized medicine.....

N.Y. Times article on government bodies feeling the pinch after years of offering overly generous benefit plans to employees:

"Since 1983, the city of Duluth, Minn., has been promising lifetime health care to all its retired workers, their spouses and their children up to age 26. No one really knew how much it would cost. Three years ago, the city decided to find out.

"The total came to about $178 million, or more than double the city's operating budget. And the bill was growing......Some experts are warning of tax increases, or of an eventual decline in the quality of public services."

Duluth mayor Herb Bergson:

"We can't pay for it. The city isn't going to function because it's just going to be in the health care business."


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