Today's Boston Globe praises the municipal health care reform plan from House Speaker Robert DeLeo and calls on legislators to support it: "The long-overdue change goes well beyond a fuzzier plan by Governor Patrick that calls for further negotiations between towns and local unions, and it’s far superior to a union-backed plan that raises the prospect of binding arbitration. The $100 million a year the House plan will save would greatly assist municipal governments in preventing layoffs, keeping parks and libraries open, and preserving education programs. The House plan would ease the adjustment for local employees by allowing cities and towns to use 10 percent of the first year’s savings to pay for health-related expenses. But ultimately, local workers would be under the same rules as state employees — who still enjoy more extensive health benefits than comparable private workers."

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