Health plans' costs set to jump: CalPERS is ready to increase premiums by about 17 percent in its two self-insured care plans.

The Sacramento Bee
May 16, 2001
by Lisa Rapaport

Bert Clark, a retired enrollee: "A lot of people will gripe and say these rates are hard to take. What gets me is I pay Medicare, then I pay CalPERS, and then I pay for drugs."

David Thompson, a public agency representative: "We get a wonderful benefit structure that's all you could want -- it's just expensive. It's fair as long as we have a choice."

Comment: A choice? Making health care unaffordable gives many retired folks the choice of not eating or paying rent as the price of health care. Some choice!