DiMasi’s plan is unnecessary.
The speaker’s proposal implies that municipal leaders across the state are seeking to enter the GIC and the local unions are resisting unreasonably. That is not the case. According to health insurance analysts at Boston Benefits Partners, the GIC issue has not even been raised in hundreds of communities – the vast majority of the state’s 351 cities and towns. That may well be because they believe that their own plans are adequate, or that competition from the GIC has forced their current insurance providers to lower rates.
In the overwhelming majority of instances where a municipality or regional school district has seriously pursued entering the GIC, the local unions have agreed after negotiating the specific terms. Public employees have rejected entering the GIC in only one community where a plan was fully negotiated and brought to them for a vote.
What’s with the anti-union bias?