Yesterday's Boston Globe editorialized that while Governor Patrick deserves credit for attempting to help cities and towns trim the health insurance benefits of public-sector retirees, his proposal does not go far enough.

Gov Patrick's plan "would tighten eligibility requirements for retiree health coverage; instead of qualifying at age 55 with 10 years of service, many public employees would need to wait until at least age 60 and have 20 years of service." And he would include current employees.  Municipalities think the proposal does not go far enough - Patrick would freeze the percentage of retiree health insurance premiums — which now averages 70 percent — borne by local taxpayers, while cities and towns would like the flexiblity to . That might assuage some public employee unions. But it would strip municipalities of the only real tool they have to control costs. That freeze provision needs to go.

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