|Hello! My name is Mr. Ed!|
Dear Members of Northampton County Council,
I have been following the media (Express Times and Morning Call and WFMZ) reports of the recent uproar regarding medical benefits for county employees. If not for the uproar, I would never have known that the County employees were enjoying the long extinct 100-0 medical plans. Now knowing that, I applaud Mr. Brown for bringing Northampton County into the 21st century, and suggesting a civilized way to run a multi-million dollar government operation. If Mr. Brown refuses to make the medical plan negotiable , good for him. Why?
I moved here in 1999. The last time I had an employer-sponsored medical plan was 2000. The last time I had a steady paycheck was 2004. The fact is, that employer sponsored medical plans are actually extinct too, in the private sector, and sometimes, even in the public sector. This is because the traditional "full time job" has been wiped out, in favor of part-time and per-diem work. Don't get me started on the "jobs" situation as it is today. I see temporary staffing agencies taking over with $9.00/hr jobs, no benefits. I recently applied for a nursing job, and was told that they received over 3,000 applications.
I have never seen a job with a pension plan in the private sector, in which the employer contributes to the employee.
Having mentioned those facts, the only "galling" thing I see, is the behavior of the spoiled and coddled county employees. There were a number of them in courtroom one. Blowing up plastic dolls, booing and hissing is no way to make your point. I have a better idea...since the employees insist they live in the "real world", lets give them a front row seat. Usher them off to healthcare.gov where they will find $6,000 deductibles and premiums based on income.
Taxpayers are not ATM machines. If the employees refuse to understand that, then they are welcome to leave.
Let me tell you a little story about Tricia Mezzacappa, R.N., of the private sector. (May God have mercy on whomever gets stuck with her).
In 2011. Mezzacappa worked in the public sector. At Gracedale. She lasted 1 1/2 days and walked off the job when someone dared tell her she was late.
She's pretty much a full blown liar about pretty much everything.
Her epistle is being exposed so that workers know what she's like when she runs again.