State worker insurance plan debated today in Louisiana Legislature

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 6:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:21am

The Office of Group Benefits (OGB) is debated by Louisiana lawmakers today.

OGB is responsible for the health benefits of state retirees and state employees.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater argued the plan to privatize the operation, citing that Louisiana is one of only two states operating within this model and noted that it would reduce roughly 150 jobs.

The Republican Party sees this as a creative solution to the budget shortfall.

Members of the Democratic Party say there's not enough information to support this being anything other than the creation of one-time funds.

State Senator Butch Gautreaux of Morgan City is one of these senators, stating he is completely dissatisfied with the answers he's getting regarding the planned sale of the state insurance plan that serves the health insurance needs of tens of thousands of state employees, retirees and their families.

"I am amazed at the inadequate responses we received from both the Division of Administration and the Office of Group Benefits regarding this privatization plan," Gautreaux said. "I am particularly concerned about the lack of detail in their responses and, in some cases, their outright inability to answer questions from lawmakers. So, I am going to keep asking questions until we and the citizens of Louisiana get the answers they deserve."

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One post, not amazing! The people of Louisiana need to wake up, unless what the rest of the country says is true your just uneducated. I know most of LA has their head stuck in the FOX hole and know nothing other than what they say. You think you have an issue with all those black living off the system, do some research, as long as this state keeps its focus on your hate both black hating white and white haring black this state will always be disconnected from the reality of the rest ot the country, your proud of yourselves, you history of not really caring or doing anything about a problem, just wait and you don't even complain. Things here that are just everyday issues would cause uproar everywhere else in the country, the days of MLK are gone and so are the dreams. when the road home was created no one said it screams of racism or maybe just poverty still its the same wrongs are done to people without the right family name, connection, or money and no one speaks up they just look the other way.

I am a 50 yr old white man of faith with no affiliation to anyone place or thing other than myself, I live here now and have for six years, I like it here except for the lack of law, no one uses blinkers and the cops ignore it we could go on and on the bottom line evidenced by the New Orleans Police department, the police first judge ones guilt based on that cops feeling and beliefs and then if the cop decides there is an arrest or ticket, hell the police in this state do not even know what a persons civil rights are, not me saying that but this is a result of the federal governments investigation into NOPD and if you think the rest of the state is different you're wrong.

you live, I live beside chemical plants and nuclear plants in the marshes and the people elected VITTER who I am sure voted to end the EPA'S ability to function, removing regulations on what can not be dumped into your marshes, thats ignorant.

The republicans are going to have it easy here, it is not Wisconsin or Ohio, people if you don't open you eyes educate yourself your going to wake up one day with no minimum wage, no regulations to keep your family members safe while they are working in these dangerous chemical plants or for that matter living near them, you will not have insurance or retirement, what are you going to do when your old and the people you voted for took it all away.

IT'S A REPUBLICAN PLAN NATIONWIDE AND JINDALL HAS JOINED WALKER IN WISCONSIN AND THE REST.

DOES ANY ONE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA WOULD TAKE TO THE STREETS AND THE CAPITAL FOR WEEKS TO INSURE THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES?
I DON'T IT IS SAD BUT I DON'T.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PARENTS WHEN THEY NO LONGER HAVE THEIR MEDICARE, THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE OF THE US JUST VOTED TO END MEDICARE FOR ANYONE UNDER 50, THAT MEANS IN FIVE YEARS IF YOUR PARENT WILL BE UN INSURED, HOW YOU GOING TO PAY.

OUR COUNTRY IS BEING TAKEN over BY CORPORTISM ( not a word yet ) one step from Communism.

I hope I am wrong and that by next week the state capital in inundated with protesters and that the people will fight for the removal of all politicians who are protecting the corporation at the expense of the people.

But I think when it comes to the greater good of the people and if it's not just affecting you, life will just go by and soon you will wake up and realize that you would like to move to another country, but you won't be able to because YOUR A SLAVE TO THE CORPORATION.

The first new rule says you HAVE to have insurance. Both my husband and I have pre-existing conditions, and although the new bill says we can't be denied coverage because of it. So far, the cheapest health insurance we've been able to find is called "Penny Health Insurance" search for it online if you are pre-existing conditions.

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