Let The Voters Decide On City Benefits For Those Living Together

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The city’s proposal to expand healthcare benefits to people that live together, at the taxpayers’ expense, needs the voters’ decision by referendum.  There is an early spring primary in 2014 -put this matter on the ballot.

 

Expanding healthcare benefits is a tax increase.

  We the people are going to be required to fund this, so allow us vote on the matter.  I have heard some really absurd untruths that a healthcare expansion to people living together is cost  neutral. That is pure hogwash.  Any increase in the delivery of services will cost someone, and these someones are the taxpayers of the city of Chattanooga.

 

There is no way to prove people living together are really living together. At least a government-issued marriage certificate is an indication of long-term commitment. Further, why should the taxpayers have to fund this? We don’t want to and that is the bottom line.

 

The liberal left claims that this is the fair approach.  I don’t think so, unless the people charged with government - the voters  approve this expansion of city expenses in a referendum.  If the voters say “yes,” then have at it. 

 

Until then, the city is enacting a tax increase without consent of the public.

 

And please, don’t even try claiming it is cost neutral, it is not.  In fact, two years ago, the City Council voted to abolish healthcare benefits to retirees at Medicare eligibility. Yet, they are expanding to people that live together. This is highly offensive. I think the city is guilty of age discrimination abolishing the benefits of older retirees, then expanding to people that say, “Let's just try living together.”

 

Nay Nay, Foul play. Put this matter on a referendum, and let the voters decide.

 

April Eidson


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