Update on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

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By Ken Garner – December 2, 2016
Earlier this week a group of industry representatives met with Emily Murray, Staff Director of the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee to discuss the prospects of H.R. 5714. During the meeting the group learned that the Ways & Means Committee had serious concerns about the bill and would not be inclined to support its passage. Ways & Means Committee is responsible for, among other things, the management of Medicare and a principal provision of H.R. 5714 involved moving USPS retirees to Medicare.

The Ways & Means Committee concerns included:

  • It would be a raid on Medicare
  • The “score” was $2B short on what it would cost Medicare (of course the bill would contribute over $2B making the overall impact a wash).
  • Forcing postal retirees to take Medicare would be a first (even though they have paid into Medicare for years – and, the unions supported this move).
  • They had not been consulted about this fix, which was in their jurisdiction.

Without the support of the Ways & Means Committee the future for this bill, or any helpful legislation from this Congress, is highly doubtful.

Source: Update on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 – WhatTheyThink

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  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU Dallas Texas
    I think that this is a sneaky move toward our retirement annuity. We need to keep an eye on this postal service. They are trying to make us fall literally in a hole. It’s unfair.

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