PMG defends “DonahoeCare”, doesn’t explain why HE won’t be using it

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has sent a letter to the editor of Post & Parcel defending his proposed health insurance program for postal workers and retirees. The PMG admits in the letter that most of the claimed savings come from shifting costs to Medicare.

Not surprisingly, the PMG doesn’t explain why, if DonahoeCare is so good, he and his top executives will continue using the allegedly inferior, more expensive Federal Employee Health Benefit Program.

The GAO also estimated that if the proposed health plan had been implemented in 2013, most postal employees and retirees would have had similar or lower premiums compared to the selected Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans, with similar or higher levels of coverage for many services. Under the Postal Service sponsored health care plan, a small minority of employees electing full family coverage would pay more for health care benefits, but the overwhelming majority would pay far less immediately, and all employees would pay less over their careers. On average, premiums under the proposed Postal Service’s plan would be 16 percent lower than FEHB premiums.

Read more Letter to the Editor: On the US Postal Service health care plan | Post & Parcel.

  • Barry

    “Do not pay any attention to that man behind the curtain”

  • dauchund

    I agree with Barry Its ok for you to eat the forbidden fruit but not me……

  • OverWorkedPSE

    Agreed Barry!!!!

  • Rick

    If Donahoe wants this let him and his executives lead by example for a change

  • Kurt Heubusch

    you know, somewhere along the way I remember reading that the nalc president had submitted a health care plan that could save the usps billions of dollars over a certain period of time,being done by making the providers a smaller number.this was a couple years ago, or when the carriers signed their last contract.sometimes it sounds like this idea….hmmmmm

    • Brian S

      I believe the plan was to have basically an all NALC Health Plan whereas we would all still be covered under FEHB and all the carriers could still choose whatever health care they wanted under FEHB, but if they choose the NALC plan their premium % would be lower. The idea being that since the NALC Health plan doesn’t work for profit that having just about all the members participate in the plan would greatly reduce health care costs. The NALC never proposed leaving the FEHB all together though as far as I know. Also, the money saved by this plan would have been split between the USPS and the letter carriers (as in actual raises). Of course the USPS turned the idea down because they are fundamentally against anything that may actually benefit their work force, even if it would also benefit the company.

      • Mailman

        It should be noted that NALC President Frederic Rolando has been silent on this issue since Downahole proposed taking Postal employees out of FEHB two years ago.

        • postalnews

          Not really- this is from this past August:

          “NALC is committed to working with the Postal Service on reducing health care costs for both employees and the agency,” Rolando said. “But we are insisting that any legislative changes in this area be proposed as part of a broader reform package to be offered as an alternative to the destructive bills now before the House and Senate.”

          Such a package, the president said, would reject service cuts and measures aimed at undermining the collective-bargaining rights and living standards of city carriers and other postal employees, and would focus instead on mutually acceptable reforms on health care, pension valuations, pre-funding, new products, pricing and governance provisions.

  • Rotbart59

    This man is the most disingenuous leader in the history of the Postal Circus. His hypocrisy on this issue is unfathomable. It’s ok for you but not for me. Not to mention that the lion’s share of savings is by shifting to Medicare. Doesn’t he think people will actually read his narcissistic rantings.

  • deuce

    his agenda………is extremely questionable.