Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Confusion about employee compensation

EDITOR:

The letter written by George Alger on Oct. 2 about Obamacare appears to be confused when comparing government employees to “rank-and-file Americans” concerning health insurance. For example, I work for a private company that pays for my health insurance. In other words, my employer “subsidizes” my health insurance as part of my employment benefits package. If my employer suddenly announced that they would no longer pay for my health insurance, my displeasure would not indicate that I do not like the health insurance plan, but that I instead do not like my total compensation package being reduced.

Congressional employees have their health insurance paid for by their employer, which is the government, as part of their total employment compensation package. If the government no longer paid (or subsidized) the health insurance of those employees, their total compensation package would be lowered considerably. Just as I would be upset if my employer suddenly no longer paid for my health insurance, Congressional workers are also against their employer (the government) eliminating payment for their health insurance. This does not mean they do not like Obamacare. Instead, it means that they are against being paid less for the same amount of work.

In other words, eliminating government health-insurance subsidies for U. S. Government employees is not the same as not providing subsidies for health insurance for private employees. This is an apple and oranges comparison that does not stand up to the light of day.

JIM KUTHY
Cameron Park

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

  • robertdnollOctober 04, 2013 - 7:15 am

    is your employer going to compensate your health coverage for you and your wife as long as you both shall live?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • cookie65October 04, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Their employer is not the government, it is the TAXPAYERS. The same people who cannot afford their own insurance. Why does working for the government come with automatic over-the-top benny's that have no relationship to market forces or economics, which dictate private enterprise choices? Tell me which private business is still operating and offering gold plated benny's while being $17trillion in debt?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Tea BaggedOctober 06, 2013 - 8:41 am

    The government is now taxing both the individual and the private business as pay roll. The goal of Obama care was not to provide affordable health care to those who already had it. But to mandate all Americans to pay for the product. This law is based on the long practiced Ponzi schemes like Social Security, Medicare, Fannie Mae, and Bernie Madoff. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Bush and Brown all know that the new medical insurance system will function just fine for the rest of their lifetimes. Heaven help their grand children.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

 
More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 77 Comments | Gallery

 
Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 31 Comments

 
Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

.

Letters

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 27 Comments

Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

 
Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 10 Comments

Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 9 Comments

 
.

Sports

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 6 Comments

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8