In the last few weeks I have been reading the County Post articles about the city of Waupaca and its health care provisions for city personnel. The Nov. 10 article about our police paying more for their insurance was rather shocking to me, for a number of reasons.
What most alarmed me was seeing their extremely high deductibles for health insurance; $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family is almost like having no insurance. To also saddle them with a 20/80 co-pay requirement is deplorable, like rubbing salt on the wound.
Our police deserve much better treatment. I would suggest that a $250 deductible for an individual and another $250 for each family member would be much more reasonable.
These men and women perform jobs that are vital to all of us. They work around the clock to serve and protect us. They work during weather conditions that none of us would want to venture out into. They deserve as much recognition as our military veterans. Their families also sacrifice due to their efforts.
Upon further reading of that article, I could not help myself from nearly having what we seniors know as a “conniption fit.” The idea that a “Wellness Committee,” comprised of city employees, was being formed to assess the personal health habits of our police force was beyond ludicrous.
One would think that, if you are in a profession that requires possibly facing being shot at, stabbed, punched, spit on by some diseased person, having to do high-speed pursuits on icy roads, chasing criminals through yards, facing mean dogs, and so forth; perhaps having a beer after work, smoking a cigarette, or eating red meat is really no big deal.
Save the money on the committee meetings and put it into the insurance funding.