Retirees worked hard for benefits

12/06/2013 10:10 AM

12/06/2013 8:50 AM

Re: “Explore new options for pre-65 retirees” (Editorials, Dec. 4): As a retired state worker, I have health care coverage though the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. This benefit is part of my compensation for the labor I provided to the state for 35 years. During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, I was paid less than the private sector paid for similar work because of my future benefits. If my health benefit was taken away, I would not receive the full agreed-upon pay package for my labor. That is not only unfair but illegal. The Sacramento Bee editorial board's suggestion to push government retirees onto Covered California would put an unexpected and undue financial burden on government retirees. Cal-PERS uses its negotiation strength to provide group health insurance at a much cheaper rate and with more benefits than any of the plans offered by Covered California. The Affordable Care Act is barely adequate for uninsured workers. It was never intended as a replacement for group plans. -- Cindy Edwards, Sacramento

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