March 17, 2017 – On Thursday the House Oversight Committee approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. The bill was approved by voice vote – just like P.A.E.A. in 2006 – the bill that put the postal service on trouble footing to begin with. A summary of H.R. 756 can may be found here.
This bill will automatically enroll postal retirees in Medicare coverage whether they desire this coverage or not – in fact, this portion of the bill will ultimately take away the health benefit choice/coverage promised to postal employees when they were hired and when they retired. If you’re a postal employee this should frighten you – why? because… what other benefits will they strip from your promised retirement benefits in the future?
In our opinion…this is totally disgusting. Yes, USPS needs financial help, but stripping away promised benefits to postal retirees is not the way to do this. What’s next? We believe the right thing to have done would be to have abolished the forced yearly payments by USPS under P.A.E.A..
The Hill reports – “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the bipartisan nature of the bill and noted that they had been working on Postal reform legislation for several years.”