NAPUS: “Overwhelming consensus” that USPS is “incapable of administering its own health benefits plan”

Note: According to, consideration of S. 1486 has been postponed.

The eNAPUS Legislative and Political Bulletin includes an analysis of the latest Senate postal reform legislation set to be voted on in committee next week:

Yesterday, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) notified his committee members that S. 1486, the Carper-Coburn postal reform bill, will be brought to a vote next week, on Wednesday, November 6. In addition, on that day, the Committee plans a confirmation vote on Nanci Langley and Tony Hammond to continue as members of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

While S. 1486, as drafted, provides a measure of financial relief and enables the USPS to be more innovative, contention remains in three major areas. With regard to FEHBP coverage, there is overwhelming consensus that the USPS is incapable of administering its own health benefits plan and, therefore, the final bill should offer coverage through the FEHBP. Another issue commanding attention is improving integration between FEHBP and Medicare… Second, mailers object to giving the USPS more latitude to adjust rates for market-dominant products… Third, there is concern S. 1486 does not adequately address postal service standards. For example, NAPUS believes that S. 1486 should include the retail service standards and PRC post office closing provisions that were included in last year’s bipartisan Senate-passed measure.

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  • Tony

    Thank God! We have a hard enough time managing mail!

  • Mail Handler

    DUH! Downahole and his band of incompetent fools are running the Postal Service into the ground and if they get control of health care for employees it is certain to be a disaster for all employees but him and his people at the top.

  • Kingfisher552

    These people can’t run the PO, What makes them think they can manage a health care plan? Something else for Donahue and his flunkies to ruin.

  • Surprise!

    Are our medical benefits guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government?

    If the Post Office can’t pay the bill will the tax payers have to do it.?


    If the Post Office goes under or can’t pay for the medical benefits are we out of luck?

  • Elaine Madison Coleman-Elliott

    The post office couldn’t lead a horse to take a dump let alone run a health benefit plan. Donahue needs to leave with his nice little umbrella retirement and leave the people who actually do the work alone. He has proved he is dumber than a box of dirt.

  • nick

    napus.. really..the same guys that intimidate and threaten carriers on a daily basis so they can earn a bonus.

    • common sense

      Ummm.., yeah, except that postmasters don’t get bonuses, and most haven’t gotten a salary increase in several years. Also, the majority of postmasters don’t have carriers to deal with.

      But outside of that, yeah, you’re absolutely right!