This column by Margery Eagan in the Herald ran a couple weeks ago but is still very relevant. She writes about the importance of plan design if we are to control spiraling health care costs of public sector workers, and that in addition to the money, it's a matter of fairness:

You wonder why, even in Massachusetts, public employee unions are under siege?  Because the whole world has changed.  Private sector workers in their 50s and 60s have suddenly realized that though they played by the rules, they can’t retire. And they’re scared to death.  Yet they live next door to state, city or town workers with secure pensions and secure health care who have already retired. And they’re only in their 50s.


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