Sometimes it's hard to quantify just how out of touch some labor leaders are. Then they go and open their mouths and say absolutely silly things like this.
According to the head of the state employee's labor union, SEIU Local 2008 (formerly SEANC), Dana Cope, requiring state employees "to pay their own health insurance premium would set a bad precedent."
A bad precedent? You mean they'd actually have to pay premiums like most other private sector employees? God forbid they actually have some skin in the game and start thinking of things like cost containment and whether they are getting good value for their health insurance.
It's free now, so why worry about how much things cost? As long as they can afford the $20 co-pay, who cares what effect any treatment they seek will have on premium cost. Let's not make the employees receiving the benefit pay, the taxpayers of North Carolina can just continue to pick up the tab, we've got unlimited funds.
Maybe Mr. Cope should take a look at the most recent results of our Civitas Poll which said that 50 percent of voters thought state employees should pay to bailout the State Health Plan while only 27 percent of voters thought the taxpayers should continue to shoulder the load.
One of the often refrains from labor leaders like Mr. Cope is they want state employees to be treated like professionals. Well, except like all the other professional people out there who have to pay something for their health insurance — if it comes to that they'd rather continue to have the free lunch.