I agree with Scot Lehigh that moving municipal employees’ health care to the Group Insurance Commission is a desirable thing — even if Kerry Healey also thought so. Health care costs are killing municipal budgets and causing taxes to be raised, and the GIC would save millions.
That being said, sco is right that you’ve got to take the best possible deal, rather than insist on something that’s impossible.
The problem is that we don’t even know what’s possible or not, and legislators tend to be wary of letting a little sunshine in on the deal. It’s one thing for a columnist or blogger to rant at leaders for being “weak” — but isn’t it more productive to identify and pressure those factions that are actively resisting sensible measures?
IOW, why does Lehigh take Reps. Kaufman and Kaprelian and Gov. Patrick to task, who at least seem to understand the principle at stake? Isn’t this a better question: Who are the reps that are pushing back against the GIC takeover? If the people who basically support what you want seem “weak”, maybe the answer is to try to strengthen their hands, rather than weakening them still through public embarassment. If he really cares about the issue, Lehigh might think a little more strategically.