Tuesday, April 24, 2007 | The mayor has received good advice on employee health care plans. It is reasonable for an organization as large as the city to offer just three plans: Kaiser, an HMO and a PPO.

The city should renegotiate each contract annually with an open bidding process to obtain competitive rates.

City workers and retirees should realize they have no vested rights in health insurance and that costs will continue to escalate until there is action at the federal level.

As a retiree, I am well aware of health insurance inflation — my costs have increased almost 300 percent in five years.

This is one issue the municipal unions should work with the mayor with respect to how much an individual should have to contribute but not to torpedo the proposed rationalization of health care plans.

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