Whether we like it or not, every December Labor Notes staffers get a firsthand look at how the new state health insurance exchanges are working.
I’ve had four different health plans in about three years here. After our old plan was discontinued with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, we had to switch to an inferior plan, bought through the exchange.
Then, two years in a row, we got a letter announcing a dramatic price hike—by 36 percent in 2015, and 28 percent this year—forcing us to scramble to change plans to keep premiums down.
Despite the impulse to self-sacrifice, the best thing teachers can do is stand up for themselves—and their students—against the corporate cost-cutting mindset.