Someone asked me at a recent meeting why the City has been cutting back on spending for its employees’ health care. My answer surprised them: it hasn’t. Not by a mile.
The amount of money the City has budgeted for health care for public employees has more than doubled since 2001. For example, the City now spends 89 percent more on health care for police officers and 91 percent more on healthcare for firefighters than it did just six years ago.
What is happening? The cost of health care in St. Louis — and in America — is skyrocketing. That’s why we need a national plan for reducing health care costs.