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Letter to the editor: Regarding insurance for elected officials

Published 8:10am Thursday, December 19, 2013

I’m sure I misread or misunderstood last week’s article about providing insurance to our elected representatives because a city council member lost his insurance. While casting a slur, “unaffordable healthcare,” this member argues he has nowhere else to go for insurance.

OK, then I feel that every other Niles resident that has lost their insurance should be eligible for Niles City insurances as well. What is good for the hog at the public’s money trough ought to be good for the one paying the bill, those other Niles residents who lost theirs, too.

Historically I realize that such brazen acts of abuse have been perpetrated upon the unsuspecting public (I think of Boss Tweed, the Daley’s, etc.). I never thought such a thing was possible in Niles.

Perhaps I should have been worried based on some of the council’s past actions.

I think that the council must reconsider this hasty and ill-advised action, issue an apology and then make sure it or its like never happens again.

Of course, failing that, I believe we should act together to recall all those council members who voted for it and throw the rascals out. We are given an opportunity to make sure that we all suffer equally for the greater good and that no special interest group gets preferential treatment because they are on the city council and in a position to be self-serving and vote themselves health insurance.

I ask the council to reconsider and do the right thing, rescind or broaden eligibility to all Niles residents who have lost their health insurance.

 

Terry Brenner

Niles

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