Federal employee group rejects reform bill
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 13, 2017
The president of one of the largest federal employee organizations has issued a statement opposing recent bipartisan supported postal reform legislation.
“There are simple solutions to the financial problems facing the U.S. Postal Service, such as eliminating the prefunding requirement outright, but this bill takes a more complicated route,” National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President Richard G. Thissen said.
He said forcing current postal retirees and survivors to pay an additional $134 per month for health care coverage and enroll in Medicare is not the best way for the USPS to save money.
Thissen said other possibilities to increase revenue include increasing the price of postage “to a more reasonable amount,” allowing USPS to ship alcohol or provide financial services and allowing USPS to pay its health insurance bills when they are due, and not before and end the prefunding requirement.
“NARFE has offered an alternative that is simple, fair and reasonable: maintain automatic enrollment of current postal retirees into Medicare Part B, but provide them with a short opt-out window of 60 or 90 days,” he said, adding,” Without this option, the bill breaks a promise regarding postal retiree health benefits and replaces the individual postal retiree’s choice of health insurance with a paternalistic requirement, at significant cost to the Medicare program.”