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December 26, 2007

Republicans Again Choose Corporations Over Citizens

-- by Dave Johnson

This time it's the elderly that get screwed. You see, actually providing promised health care might mean a CEO has to get a smaller second jet.

Many Retirees May Lose Benefits From Employers - New York Times

,The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare.

The policy, set forth in a new regulation, allows employers to establish two classes of retirees, with more comprehensive benefits for those under 65 and more limited benefits — or none at all — for those older.

More than 10 million retirees rely on employer-sponsored health plans as a primary source of coverage or as a supplement to Medicare, and Naomi C. Earp, the commission’s chairwoman, said, “This rule will help employers continue to voluntarily provide and maintain these critically important health benefits.”

Don't you just LOVE that? I mean, how smooth is that? "will help employers continue to VOLUNTARILY provide" ... which of course means get rid of.
The new policy creates an explicit exemption from age-discrimination laws for employers that scale back benefits of retirees 65 and over. Mr. Mackaronis asserted that the exemption was “in direct conflict” with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

Posted by Dave Johnson at December 26, 2007 10:07 PM

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