Old Rochester Regional School Committee: Don’t Push 50% of Health Premiums Onto School Workers
  • Petitioned Joseph Scott

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Vice-Chairperson
Joseph Scott
Peter Bangs, Chairperson
Old Rochester Regional School Committee
Treasurer
James O'Brien

Old Rochester Regional School Committee: Don’t Push 50% of Health Premiums Onto School Workers

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      Healthcare-NOW!

We are cooks and custodial and maintenance workers at the Old Rochester Regional (ORR) School district in Massachusetts, where the School Committee is proposing to make new hires pay 50% of health care premiums. For cooks who start out at $13,300 a year, it would cost 80% of their paycheck to buy health insurance for their families, leaving them earning $2 an hour - not enough for food, rent, and other basic necessities.

Choosing to go uninsured is not an option for workers like us. We live in Massachusetts where everyone is required to purchase health insurance or face a fine of over $1,000 a year - an "individual mandate" that will apply to everyone in the country next year. Making matters worse, most workers who are offered a health plan by their employers are banned from receiving subsidized health care from the state, which means many of us will not see any help from health reform.

Pushing 50% of premiums onto school employees at ORR is not just immoral, it puts our families in an impossible situation: we can pay almost all of our wages towards a health plan, or go uninsured and face a fine that we also cannot afford.

Health care should be a right for everyone. Every other country in the developed world protects this right at half the cost through a medicare-for-all, or "single payer" type health care system. Until we win that, please support the families of workers at ORR by asking the School Committee to provide affordable health insurance and care for all school district employees.

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    • Margaret LaPointe BARRINTON, NH
      • 5 months ago

      This is criminal.more tea bagger brilliance....saving money? That is how they do it people...on your backs!

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    • Myra Zuckerman ACTON, MA
      • 5 months ago

      No one should be unable to support self to get health care.

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    • Peggy Rothschild NEWTON CENTRE, MA
      • 5 months ago

      These workers make little enough as it now stands. They deserve to have health care benefits without being deprived of most of their income. Please do not make them pay 50% of their health premiums.

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    • Sandra Maliga LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 year ago

      Watch "Sicko" Michael Moore's 2007 film to see why this is important.

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    • Nina Jordan LEE, NH
      • about 1 year ago

      I WANT ALL FOLKS TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL CARE THAT I HAVE!

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