Although letter carriers are fortunate enough to have good health insurance through our jobs, we have a lot riding on whether President Trump reverses course on health care. Of course, we worry for our families and friends and, as Americans, we care about what kind of country we are—whether we care for the disabled and those in nursing homes, or not. But for us, Trump’s choice will tell us even more about our own futures.
If he sides with the anti-government radicals in the House, we can expect the same kind of attacks on our health insurance and pensions. Plans to raise our pension contributions by 5 to 6 percent each pay period, to eliminate the FERS basic annuity, and to turn FEHBP into an under-funded voucher plan have been around for years. If Trump endorses Ryan’s radical libertarianism, those plans could be dusted off and advanced once again. And it would not necessarily stop there.
The fight over health care, and whatever comes next, makes our political diversity and nationwide letter carrier activist network vital.