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State Employee Speaks Out at Obama Health Forum

April Graham, a state worker in the NC Department of Correction, on March 31 spoke at the Obama White House regional forum on health care reform in Greensboro. She related how she couldn’t afford the sky-high premiums for family coverage for her kids in the state health plan. She also said she had worked hard for candidates promising health care reform in the last election and now felt like many politicians were doing the opposite of reform.

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  1. IBXer

    April 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

    “I worked hard pushing that button for you on election day, now take care of my kids so I don’t have to!”

  2. State Employee #1

    April 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    IBXer: You missed the point. April Graham WORKS for a living, she’s not just sitting back collecting govt. checks. She’s not asking for the state to take care of her kids, she’s asking for a reasonable, affordable health insurance policy so she can handle it for her kids. I am fortunate enough to have my husband handle our kids on his policy. It’s a cheaper than the state’s, and what do they have? Oh yes, it’s BCBS Bluepoints. Sound familiar? She has a right to ask for that. State employees have paid more than their fair share for their spouses and kids insurance. Money has obviously been mismanaged, right into pockets of people making 4 million a year.

  3. Adam Searing

    April 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Go April, go! I’d say she tells it like it is – this is what every mom in North Carolina wants – just the chance to buy an affordable health plan for their children.

  4. bobby

    April 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I am a state employee and if i had added my spouse and kids to my insurance, i would not be able to pay my mortgage or car payment. By the way, Speaking of 4 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield paid their top man 4 million last year, but they claim they are going to have to lay off workers unless they raise deductables and premiums. State workers dont have any incentive to work anymore. Everytime we come to work, something else is taken away and all of our health insurance is going up.

  5. APP

    April 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Amen! Its a shame that people can not even afford to provide dependent insurance for their families due to the cost. Blue Cross is taking our state officials for a ride…a long ride down a “good ole boy” road…and they are so dumb to even realize what Blue Cross is doing. They just see the dollar signs that fills their pockets when BC hands over money so that they will pass bills that hurt the state worker and benefits the “big dog” companies. The madness needs to stop. Think about the children for a change. If you can’t find the goodness in your heart to be kind to the state worker…at least think about the children that suffer due to the lack of efficient health coverage. It couldn’t lower myself to the point to vote for something that benefits a multi-million dollar profit business at the expense of punishing hardworking individuals. Your day will come….God be with you.

  6. bobby

    April 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    No wonder NC state senators go along with premium increases, check out this link ,BCBSNC gave over $643,000 to nc legislators over the past 8 years according to the link. http://www.mountainx.com/news/2007/sunshine_spotlight_hits_campaign_contributions_of_blue_cross_blue_shield_of/

  7. Mel

    April 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    bobby- You are so right. We used to be privileged to be named State Employees. What is the point anymore? The benefits are not any better than they were. The ONLY benefit I see is that I grandfathered into the 5 year vested plan and my health care will (well, might) be paid when I retire. There is absolutely NO incentive for the ultra low paying jobs, high medical premiums (I had to get Medicaid for both of my children b/c I couldn’t afford it through the state) and now furlough on the horizon. Purdue needs to wake up and take care of the people who run the state for her! What a disaster she has been!

    Ms. Graham: I applaud you for saying exactly what needed to be said to “Bev”…”What about us!?”

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