Posted: 6:27 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014

Your copy of the new state employee health care plan 

By Greg Bluestein

Over at myajc.com, we’ve got a broader look at the coming changes to the state employee health care plan. But below you can find the fine-tuned details.

They weren’t set for release until Monday morning’s Department of Community Health meeting amid tremendous pushback from teachers. But our eagle-eyed colleague Kristina Torres noticed that a state lawmaker had posted it a bit prematurely.

Enjoy:

72 comments
RobertWomack
RobertWomack

Wasted a lot of time reading 30 or so of these comments. 

conservativedemocrat
conservativedemocrat

here is my problem.... by the time I am billed for my cost up to this Monday I will have met deductible for 2/3 family members, thus triggering the family deductible for all. Under the Gold Plan which I am paying for, and from past documents from UHC, it looks like 15% of office visits will be LESS than the copay, thus paying a copay will give me higher out of pocket costs on top of my already increased insurance bill...... if there were co-pays to begin with I probably would have gotten the silver level plan. Anyone else having this problem with the new idea?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Here is a quote from an email of August 28, 2013, in response to an email I sent to Steve Gooch.  The writer for Mr. Gooch was Carlie Howard, legislative assistant.   And I quote, "This was a board decision and not one in which the legislature was involved."


And yet now, with the defection of teachers and other state workers from our present "representatives" (ie, elected officials), the legislature NOW has "power" to do something????!!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

IF we are reverting to the 2013 plan as a model with these changes, LET'S DO IT COMPLETELY.  SCRAP the BC/BS agreement, and let folks go back to their 2013 plan. New hires can choose from the 3.  And FIRE anyone who had anything to do with this travesty.  Finally, the voters should REMOVE those elected who have wanted to "care" for the employees with this insulting "plan."


2Teachers
2Teachers

My son has been to the pediatrician 3 times, had 3 antibiotics, 2 ER visits, and a 3 day hospital stay.  Is the new plan going to be retroactive to the beginning of the year?  Otherwise, we are looking at paying thousands out of pocket.  We are both teachers, so the HRA was our only insurance choice.  We received the bill for the first ER visit and instead of $150.00, our portion of the $1,700 allowed by the SHBP is $987.00.  This is for the first ER visit.  This doesn't include going back to the ER the next day, being diagnosed with pneumonia and being hospitalized for three days.  I can only imagine how much we will owe on the hospital stay!

Already taken
Already taken

I agree that the ACA was not responsible for the change in healthcare providers for the state of Georgia.  But you COULD have signed up for the ACA (Obamacare) on the federal exchange.  If you were a supporter of the ACA and failed to sign up, why the hypocritical complaints?  You did have a choice.  Check out the information on healthcare.gov regarding job-based insurance for the details.  Yes, you would have to forfeit your SHBP insurance, and yes, you would lose the subsidy provided by the state.  Not willing to do that?  Why not?  Why are you blaming Republicans if you failed to take advantage of the new provisions in the ACA?  Teachers and state employees aren't the only workers in this bleak economy who are underpaid, overworked, go without raises and work overtime without compensation.  Get real.  You are getting a taste of what it will be like if this country ever goes "single payer," or "Medicare for all."  There is no such thing as "free healthcare."

deboraham05
deboraham05

When do the changes go into effect? This may be a political move, but realistically, it is correcting an error made with the HRA plan.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Their was an easy solution to Deal and the Department of Community Healths allegations that increases or shortfalls in Medicaid and Peachcare funding due to increased enrollments were going to cause shortfalls in 2011 and 2012 justified them stealing money from the State Employees and teachers self- insurance fund. Many low wage employers like Walmart, McDonald's and others actively encourage assistance to their employees who they pay minimum wage or just above and keep their hours low, to sign their children up for Peachcare and even sign themselves up for Medicaid. The logical solution would be to double the State minimum wage from the ridiculous $5.50/hr it could be $10 the first year, then $11, $12. The minimum wage raising would shift the cost of insuring these employees off the state and Federal Government (tax payers) and put it back on the corporations who pay their CEO's outrageous compensation. Remember 10 members of the Walton Family are on Forbes top 100 riches people. Now we find out money is being shifted from teachers to pay for the Peachcare and Medicad they tell their low wage employees to sign up for. Even if they didn't go into Walmart or McDonald's plans they would go from paying a $5 monthly premium to a $35 to 43 monthly premium per kid. After all many of these same folks that take advantage of these "free" government insurance plans love to brag about using their big $4,000 and $5,000 tax refund checks for new tvs, rims, they blow it all, you can't have $2000 in savings and qualify for Medicaid. but you can have a 1996 caddy with $4,000 rims.

Of course, raising the minimum wage would also help the school cafe, workers the bus drivers, the custodians as well, who have seen their pay slashed. Lets not forget that raising the minimum wage would immediately boost sales tax collection, as well as income tax collection, some people might even be able to upgrade where they live, so school property taxes and local taxes might increase too.

republican's can't do this simple solution and raise the minimum wage, ( which by the way really should be about $17/hr if annual cost of living adjustments had been made.) Will it cost jobs, not really. most workplaces are already at a minimum staffing. ( my daughter works at a national chain coffee shop they only have 2 employees at night, the min. Allowed). Walmart only staffs like 2-3 registers, what are they going to do only open one. I refuse to use automated checkouts, will not use them at HD or Publix. if they try to force me at HD, I tell them I will not be a party to outsourcing jobs to Diebold having been a member of the Retail Clerks Union in High school. The clerks always say thanks.

To blame the ACA is outrageous. However, as of 2010 since the state has self-funded plans Deal and crew are in violation of ACA. The ACA as of 2010 does not allow self-insured plans to have a different higher level of insurance coverage for Executives. That would mean Deal. He is lucky that the federal government has admitted that they have not finished writing these provisions for entities that have private insurance plans. So it hasn't really enforced anyone yet. But it could enforce Geogia's and make DEal, the first example. maybe Sally Yates wants to look into the theft of the state employees and teachers contributions from the self insurance fund, plus Deal and crew having premium executive benefits.

George56
George56

All this shows is Deal and his crony capitalism insiders are on the run and desperate.    


They thought they could slip by destruction of  the primary key state employee benefit...., State health care insurance.    By locking out  two pre-existing and well liked  health care providers, from even bidding, then grossly reducing coverage... and guess what ...Surprise   this isn't Wash DC,  we watch what you do here,  and it backfired.  


So its January 2014 and this is hitting the fan,   what to do?   .... The brain trust gets together to figure out how to stop the free fall of Deal's popularity numbers ......  You can see them sitting and fanning on the porch, trying to figure out how how to defuse this mess  when Junior O'Daniel [from the movie "Oh Brother"]   deftly states,   Pappy All we need to do is hire us a littler fella, even smaller than Stokes's midget......and this time they all agree


So Deal has officially backtracked and  he's trying to chase down and copy John Barges ideas.   Whats next ? Shave his head and wear open collared shirts?


Ogosatah
Ogosatah

I think the State employees including teachers need to get their head out of the sand and wake up to reality. They had a health care plan better than our military, many in Congress... equal to the equivalent of a CEOs 'golden parachute' deal. It is abused by both the retirees, active employees and the medical profession. Educated people should be able to look at what the usual is for the private sector and then what they are provided. Get real! You alone are so much better off that it is criminal and you're not footing the bill. If you can't see that just take a look at the health care insurance educatosr in other states and the private schools are receiving. Then get back to us!!! 

notagain
notagain

Give Mr Barge a chance to straighten all this mess out.

KPillatzki
KPillatzki

Jim Galloway and Kristina Torres, thanks for tracking this story and posting this update tonight. State employees need to remain vigilant and keep the pressure on, but I know many of us will rest easier tonight with this much information available now.

GATeacher144
GATeacher144

Thank you Mr. Galloway for this release.  This is a positive step in the right direction.  To clarify a few things:  teachers actually voted for Deal in the last election, largely due to their hatred for Barnes and his poor polices on education.  In addition, 75% of state health is paid for by the tax payers is an incredulous statement.  The healthcare costs a SH employee almost $600 per month.  The SHP reserve accounts held $8,000,000 of surplus that got moved over to the general budget prior to the insurance decisions being announced.  So, the "savings" to the state were robbed from the reserve money that the employees contributed.  So, GA state employees were actually robbed twice and then forced to engage in an insurance that was bid-rigged and hosted outrageous premiums and deductibles.  


What happened to respect for teachers?  We have experienced 10 days of furlough, no raises in years, increased classroom sizes, increased duties, and lost benefits.  Meanwhile, we spend monies out of our own pockets to help fund our own classrooms.  I for one, spent  $3,000 on lab supplies for my class.  Do you give your job money?  Do you buy expo markers, tissues, cleaning supplies, etc. and bring them into work?  I am not preaching to anyone, but please support your local teachers once again!  Show that education is important to the state of Georgia.  We are teaching the masses of future taxpayers.  


And as a side note, I worked in industry prior to entering education pulling 6 figures, and I have never worked with a more diligent, selfless group of individuals.  Support your teachers!  Join TRAGIC today!

MoFaux
MoFaux

@conservativedemocrat That sucks, but for most of us, it's a good change, especially if we can use our HRA credits when we want, instead of draining it all up on meds, without helping to meet our deductibles.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@GDC employee Yes, this is quite true.  However I think that whatever the public school teachers do to try to change this new health insurance situation will also benefit all the state workers since all are categorized as "state government employees." The advantage of the teachers mobilizing is that they have a distinct group identity, whereas you state workers are spread out into many job categories.  But teachers know they're not alone in this.


I remind you of the old slogan of the Three Musketeers: "One for all, and all for one!"

Charles50
Charles50

@Wascatlady That's what I would like, but I doubt it will happen like that.  I have had an HRA for the past two years and it actually worked well for me.  However, this BC/BS HRA is a different animal.  The out-of-pocket max are about $500-$1,500 higher. 

Charles50
Charles50

@Already taken No you couldn't.  If you were not a part-time or seasonal worker you had to take the State plan unless you were covered by your spouse.  If you went to the maketplace you could cause your agency to be fined PER EMPLOYEE.  According to what DCH explained, they made sure that the plan met the criteria for ACA.  Only a few employees fell into a gray area.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@deboraham05 Let's remember, the changes are only proposals at this point.  Get ready for there to be "roadblocks" to implementing the changes.  For example, BCBS could sue since they have a contract.  The legislators could say "we can't afford it."  It is not a done deal!  Keep up the pressure, and demand answers from these people who said, back in the fall, that they had no power over the decision/plan.  How did they have no power then, but have power now?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@anothercomment I would like to see the AJC trumpet the theft of state worker's money during Purdue's administration!

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

@anothercomment I completely agree.  Force business to cough up at least $15/hour, pass that cost on to the greedy customer who wants everything at cut-rate prices, and that will eliminate all of these poverty tied entitlements.  Eliminate wellfare, WIC, medicaid, etc. and save the tax payers billions (but cost the consumer billions).  I like the way you think.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@anothercomment Certainly a novel idea. But, this is Banana Republican land where teachers and other public employees are viewed as at best a reservoir for further easing the tax burden of "job creators" and at worst an impediment to opportunities for profit-making. Moreover, to suggest that the "job creators" be mandated to pay a living wage rather than shift labor costs to you and me under the table, is as antithetical to the natural order of things here as any suggestion that tax reform be progressive rather than regressive.

55189
55189

@George56 If Deal thinks this will change my vote back to his reelection, he has another think coming... He has only made his problem even worse. Consider all the state employees (like myself) that increased their Flex Spending Accounts based on the confusing and poorly defined info given to us during open enrollment. For myself, I actually TRIPLED my Flex account to compensate for the increased costs I would have to pay under this insult they called a health BENEFIT plan...


Now, for those unfamiliar with Flex Spending, this money is "mine", deducted from my paycheck BEFORE taxes and deposited with a Third Party which is strictly supervised by the Federal IRS (since they didn't get their share of taxes from my paycheck).  One of the big issues with Flex spending is that ALL money that I have designated to go into this account can NOT be used for anything that the IRS has not approved of as a legitimate medical expense (most over-counter meds are NOT approved, so your money is very closely tied to your physicians care, and premium costs are disallowd also)... FURTHER, the length of term to use these designated funds usually runs 15 months (from January 1 of first year to March of the second year - BUT after the March deadline, any unused funds are FORFEITED to the IRS (even though it is MY money)


So, now that my out of pocket medical expenses will be reduced by "returning to a 2013 HMO plan", albeit at 2014 HRA premium costs, I certainly will not need all of the "tripled" Flex money that I committed to... HOWEVER, Dear Governor, neither I nor any others who are using Flex spending, by law can NOT change or get a refund of our un-used flex funds.  So, Thank You Governor - you have just forced me to forfeit $1500-plus of my money that's frozen in my Flex Spending account.. 


And, by the way, you have NOT regained my vote for your reelection. Whereas I usually vote for the "lesser" of two evils, you have just reinforced yourself as the "Greater" of two evils. (My, my, my... $1500 of potential political contribution just evaporated and will reappear in Obama's treasury for his "personal" use (neither my use, nor yours...)

Bernie31
Bernie31

@George56   -  Pete: "Since we been followin' your lead, we ain't got nothing but trouble." 

- O Brother where Art Thou.

Thanks for the remembrance! :)

td1234
td1234

@George56 Deal is trying his hardest to calm down the state employees and teachers so that they stay home in the primary. 


Deal has been known for serious retribution. Look at what he did to the State Department of Education when Dr. Barge crossed him and did not support the Charter school Amendment. He has also punished the Department of Labor and Ag. Department because their elected officials would not do what he told them to do. These are all Republicans What do you think his retribution is going to be on all the State employees and Teachers if he is not defeated when half of them are Democrats and he never has to face the wrath of the voters again?


It is going to get ugly if Teachers and State employees do not come out in force in the Primary on May 20th and vote for Dr. Barge in the primary. 

Charles50
Charles50

@Ogosatah You obviously ARE NOT a state employee.  I work with two men who were in the military.  One will not get State Healthcare because his military is much better and he's only in the reserve.  The other talked about how great the federal BC/BS was over UHC which he had to start using last year.  

Poor Educator
Poor Educator

@Ogosatah I don't know of any person with private insurance, in any state, that requires them to pay $130-$150 up front for a simple doctor's visit (because we don't have co-pays anymore).  This is what it will cost for me to take one of my children to the doctor if they become sick, not including any tests that may need to be done.  That's $260-$300 if they both get sick at the same time.  I don't know many families that can afford that for a doctor's visit.  It is a ridiculous health insurance plan!  Prior to teaching, I worked in the private sector and the insurance was affordable, comprehensive, and my employer paid for a large percentage of my annual premium, as most companies do.  My district stopped paying a percentage of premiums a couple of years ago.  Additionally, we still have furlough days, and have not had a cost of living increase in many years, which makes this drastically expensive health insurance impossible to absorb on a teacher's salary. You, sir, are a bloviating ignoramus!


lkr1961
lkr1961

@Ogosatah This rant obviously has no basis in our current reality.  Please educate yourself so you may come off as more educated than opinionated. 

George56
George56

@Ogosatah Dear Ogosatah  I'm guessing neither you nor anyone you know works for the State.  1st] The Military has free health care.  2nd] When the State of Georgia pays private sector wages we employees will gladly pay for private sector benefit packages.  My current package is a $5000 all out of my pocket... deductible.. then a 70/30 split on what Blue Cross says the procedure is worth [not what you really pay]  and that is only at their short list of acceptable providers.     Go out of state and coverage drops.  Go to a provider not on their list and coverage drops like a rock.  

GATeacher144
GATeacher144

@Ogosatah 


I would have to respectfully disagree that our insurance premiums of $600/month and $2,000 deductibles are better than those of Congress and CEO's.  Our salaries are also no where near that of either of these professions.  A beginning teacher's salary of $32,000 - 10 furlough days + $600/month and $2,000 deductible???  Do the math, we cannot survive with those costs.  The plan above is MUCH better than what we currently have, but it has not even been "officially" proposed yet and is certainly not into action as of yet.  IF I go to the doctor right now at this moment, I am paying cash for every red cent.  I don't have several hundred dollars right now after paying a $600 month premium.  There was a recent article released showing how Wal-Mart employees had better insurance than we currently have.  BUT, don't get me wrong, we are grateful for the prospect of this "new" plan......  BUT this is not our CURRENT plan....  NOT EVEN CLOSE.......

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@notagain   I would say rather: give Jason Carter a chance to straighten all this mess out, by voting for Barge in the Republican primary to eliminate Deal and then voting for Jason Carter in the general election.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@notagain - Are You Serious...JOHN Barge is not Prepared to take the Reins of such an issue without TEA Party Influence and Input. John is No Longer a Viable option to considered as a SERIOUS CONTENDER for Governor. If the Choice were John Barge or Nathan Deal.


Its better to DEAL with DEVIL you KNOW versus The DEVIL that remains Hidden and unknown.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@GATeacher144   I do NOT believe the unsupported statement by EdUktr that taxpayers pay 75% of healthcare premiums for state workers. He may have Georgia's public school teachers mixed up with Georgia's professors at the public colleges and universities. who do get such a subsidy. And I should point out that it is the Regents who determine the salaries and benefits of public schools' professors.  It is the state legislature that determines those for K-12 public school teachers. And I do not think that the legislature has decided to subsidize 75% of their healthcare insurance.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@GATeacher144


Thank you for your remarks.  If teachers in Georgia want to know what is really happening in this state to dismantle public education, including teacher benefits, go to Maureen Downey's just posted thread on "School Choice Week" and read both the article by the senior vice president of the Franklin Center, as well as my remarks at 9:29 p.m. - in which I provide an excerpt from the watchdog publication, Media Matters about the agenda of the Franklin Center.  Read, below, for part of that information:

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"Marcus Owens, the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, told CPI, 'Koch is among an exclusive pool of donors who have used Donors Trust as a 'pass-through.' It obscures the source of the money. It becomes a grant from Donors Trust, not a grant from the Koch brothers.'

. . .CPI produced this graphic detailing the flow of money in recent years from Koch-backed and other right-wing foundations through Donors Trust to a variety of conservative groups. (The graph is in original article, which the link, below, provides.)

The Franklin Center is also staffed by veterans of groups affiliated with Charles Koch and his brother, David. . . .

Mother Jones, whose non-profit arm has also received Tides funding, reports that 'Donors Trust's strategic intent is far narrower and more coherent than Tides'. The groups funded by Donors Trust more or less pursue the same agenda--eliminate regulations, kneecap unions, shrink government, and transfer more power to the private sector.' "

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/22/franklin-center-top-donor-is-right-wings-dark-m/192770

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Wascatlady@anothercomment   They did at the time, in 2010. See the AJC story on July 19, 2010, "Georgia’s health plan in ICU" that begins: "After budget cuts, $472M surplus whittled to $33M..."  Check the AJC archives for this.

Already taken
Already taken

@SamTheSham@anothercomment 

It's probably time to raise the minimum wage again but it's been raised several times over the years and we still have welfare and "all of these poverty tied entitlements."  How is that not working?

Justme1728
Justme1728

@Poor Educator @Ogosatah I work in the private sector, for the insurance company in fact. And we do pay that much.  Our family deductible is 3800 dollars.  We must pay 100% of our costs until the deductible is met.  So if all three of my kids got sick Jan 1 I would be forced to pay the 400-500 dollars out of my pocket.  January 2nd of this year I went to fill me medications one dose of medication that I needed was 2480.00.  So unfortunately it does happen in the private sector. Now after we pay the 3800 dollars out of pocket we then get the break of only paying 20% and insurance covers the other 80% .  No I am not a teacher, but State workers are not alone in dealing with the pain of health care costs and insurance

Charles50
Charles50

@OriginalProf I agree 100%.  I think the man is intelligent and has the People of Georgia not his well-heeled cronies in mind.  We need to give Deal the boot and give Jason a chance.  I would rather have someone who has a learning curve over a snake.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bernie31 @notagain Bernie I don't disagree with you on much, but I do on this one.  People were willing to take their chances with ethics-challenged Deal I say let someone else have a shot at it.  I don't know why everyone keeps counting David Pennington out.  

GATeacher144
GATeacher144

@MaryElizabethSings 


Thank you for the links.  We have a former federal reserve bank president in our family, and one of the remarks he made when speaking to my college over 10 years ago was: "if we could figure out a way to privatize the oceans, we certainly would do it."  Keep in mind that he said this to a group of horrified tree-hugging science majors.  But, what he said rings true for how politicians, particularly republicans and tea-partiers, see things in a free market society where profit margins are king.  Public education is being set up for failure.  The media and politicians want people to think that we are doing a horrible job.  When in fact, we make great feats every day despite the odds of being set up for failure.  With the decrease in monetary support for education and the excess laws being passed, we are being set up for privatizing education, which is NOT to the general public's benefit, only the rich who will be opening up these schools of the "progressive future".  I would ask anyone who cares for education to get involved, send emails to your governor, whom clearly doesn't support education unless it is an upcoming election year.  Join T.R.A.G.I.C., read our stories, and educate yourselves for a better Georgia.  And yes, our most tragic mistake was voting for Deal.  Lesson Learned.  

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Charles50@OriginalProf@GDC employee

Yes, the money is given to the school districts, but THEY decide how it will be used in education. Teachers' raises? (Administrators' raises, some fear?) End of furlough days? Addition of class-days to the school year that had been eliminated? 

"How else would [Deal] be able to promise the raise?"  I can sure think of some cynical answers to that question!

Charles50
Charles50

@OriginalProf @GDC employee I'm not sure if this is correct.  Wouldn't money be given to the districts from the State?  How else would he be able to promise the raise?  This is how it's done for other State employees.  They put money in the budge for those agencies right after he announced the raises.  

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@GDC employee@OriginalProf I believe that the raises for teachers are decided by the school district Board of Education.  Governor Deal may have promised teacher raises because of his  proposed budget increases, but he alone can't determine that--only the school district can, if they have the extra money. (And even then, the money may go for something other than teachers' raises.) I'm not sure who determines raises for other state employees... I suspect the legislature. In any case, you were originally posting about health insurance--  which, note, is titled "State EMPLOYEE Health Care Plan."


anothercomment
anothercomment

It has not been raised enough. if the minimum wage had automatic colas to the Reagan era it would be at $17/hr. now. The minimal wage should be set to a COLA like social security.

Charles50
Charles50

@Justme1728 @Ogosatah It may happen in the private sector, but is that the norm?  How large is the company you work for?  You realize that at least in times past, that was a big determining factor in how much employees paid for insurance.  The state has 605,000 people in the plan.  I can't believe they couldn't get a better deal than they have.  It was MUCH better last year.  

Poor Educator
Poor Educator

@Justme1728 @Ogosatah That is awful Justme 1728!  I will bet your monthly salary is higher to compensate.  My monthly salary could never flex enough to cover such exorbitant medical expenses.  Good luck to you and God bless your family with health.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@GATeacher144


Thank you for that link, GATeacher144. During the 2009 year, when the state's Republican leadership, in conjunction with the DCH, used the SHBP's surplus money to supposedly "balance the state's budget," they also switched retired public school teachers and state retirees to Medicare Advantage from regular Medicare to get out of paying the 20% that the SHBP under the DCH had been paying for retirees healthcare who were on regular Medicare. They pretty much turned retirees over to the mercy of private insurance companies who run Medicare Advantage. (Medicare only pays for 80% of medical bills for those over 65.)  Yes, these years under Republican rule in Georgia have been horrendous ones for public school teachers, public schools, and state employees.  The public, hopefully, will join us in voting these Republican politicians out of office. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@GATeacher144


Thank you for your words and for your perceptions of depth as to what is happening in Georgia, under Republican leadership, to dismantle our public schools.  Moreover, what has happened to teachers is unconscionable, in my opinion.  You stated, "SHBP reserve accounts held $8,000,000 of surplus that got moved over to the general budget prior to the insurance decisions being announced.  So, the 'savings' to the state were robbed from the reserve money that the employees contributed." I well remember when this happened and I alerted columnists from the AJC about the deviousness of this three or four years ago.  I am glad that that facts of what has been happening to public education and public school teachers is finally coming to daylight. It is all because of this out of balance penchant to turn everything private.  Public schools must remain in the not-for-profit, public service sector of government so that children are never used as pawns for profit. Vote Democratic to insure the continuing viability of our public schools.  Even Republican State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Barge, could see the unfairness of what has been deviously occurring to dismantle our public schools.


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