Florida Legislators Vote to Keep Their Health Insurance Just $360 a Year

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Despite being one of the richest men in Florida, Governor Rick Scott pays just $360 a year for tax payer subsidized health insurance. That's the same special rate paid by state legislators to cover their entire family. Legislators who only cover themselves pay just $180. Meanwhile, rank and file state workers pay five to six times more than that for access to the same plan.

A Florida senator introduced a measure to raise these low insurance premiums rates, but the amendment was easily defeated.

Sen. Joe Negron, R-Negron, introduced an amendment in the Senate's Budge Committee that would raise the premiums paid by lawmakers to match that of other state workers. Premiums to cover an entire family would rise from $30 to $180 a month. Premiums to cover just an individual would rise from $15 to $50 a month.

"I can see no rationale whatsoever why we as legislators get treated five to six times better than 27,000 of our coworkers," Negron said to the committee according to Naked Politics.

The other members of the committee apparently did see a rationale, because members from both the Republican and Democratic party spoke out about the amendment.

Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, argued that the higher rates would dissuade people who aren't already wealthy or retired from running for officer. Though, legislators are allowed to have other jobs, and their duty in Tallahassee is only part time.

In the end, committee chair Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, decided that the amendment wouldn't pass and buried it without bringing it to an official roll-call vote. That has the politically convenient side effect of leaving any official vote off the record.

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childofthecorn2001
childofthecorn2001

Yep feeding at the public trough standing on the backs of taxpayerrs


Snowmingo
Snowmingo

ILL GOTTEN GAINS....ILL GOTTEN GAINS

Tam Stewert
Tam Stewert

Aside from being the most unfair benefit I've ever seen reported, the rational given that a potential elected official who is not rich will be dissuaded from running without this benefit is ludicrous! The cost of campaigning for office, by itself, is what dissuades most average income Americans from running for office. If you really wanted to encourage the average American to run for any political office, that's the help you should provide. But lowering your health insurance to THAT extreme ( or to any amount in my opinion) is a total injustice to the American public, particularly your staff, most of whom can't even afford the first months premium. The fact that this vote also keeps the it off the official record adds insult to injury and begs the question, what else are you hiding?

I want to also add that from where, or who,  will make up the difference in cost that you are saving? Because I can almost guarantee you that there is a deficit there.

Paticake065
Paticake065

shame on  your greed here we ar paying 650.00 for 1 person a month  and you pay 360.00 for your whole familly . not 1 of you should be working for the people of florida . all you no how to do is take care of yourselves . shame shame you no you can't take it withyou there are no pockets in caskets

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Does anybody here think our government can live on minimum wage?

It time to ban aLL forms of fundraising/lobbyist for any purpose. that is what has destroyed our government and no more lifetime benefit package.most politicians have no idea what it means to live like the majority of americans, or the people they represent.  maybe changing how they live might change their priorities and politics?

Fredisinyourhead
Fredisinyourhead

Wait, we were elected to do a job, so we should get extra benefits, right, that is why we were elected. Instead of being fair and equitable, because they are also getting paid by our tax dollars to do their job, legislators feel as if they are the elite and don't deserve the same scrutiny as the lowly state employee. Same story here as with the drug testing, we need to test all the employees (i.e. legislators included) because they "may" be doing something illegal. Kind of like what these people do when they ruin the lives of other by stupid decisions they make on their own volition, because someone happened to vote them in office.

Lrey1957
Lrey1957

They ALL a bunch of crooks...thief. period

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