Never enough: AFSCME votes to strike, declines Rauner’s contract offer that retained many lavish perks

By Mailee Smith
The state’s largest government-worker union just voted to authorize a strike for state workers. The union perpetuates a myth that Gov. Bruce Rauner is waging war on the middle class – all while ignoring that his contract offer to state workers includes benefits unavailable to most Illinoisans working in the private sector.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, health insurance, pensions

Proposed fee on health-insurance plans can’t cover costs of a state-funded exchange

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
Legislation being advanced by state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Chicago, would attempt to cover costs by charging a fee on every health-insurance plan sold through the state-funded health insurance exchange. This funding mechanism is likely to be insufficient. In fact, the new state tax on insurance plans may need to be three times the amount currently under consideration to truly cover administrative costs.

TAGS: ACA: Affordable Care Act, FEE, health insurance

The left and the right agree: Scrap ObamaCare’s employer mandate

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
The drumbeat for eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate is getting louder. And it is under attack from both sides of the political aisle, according to The Washington Post. The real question is, especially given new opposition from the law’s own supporters: Can it survive? A briefing paper released by the Urban Institute and...

TAGS: ACA: Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama, employer mandate, health care, health insurance